A source familiar with the situation confirmed Sunday to the Sun Sentinel that veteran center Eddy Curry has been working with the Miami Heat in recent days, as the Heat look at free-agent options.
via Miami Heat: Pat Riley taking a look at veteran NBA free-agent center Eddy Curry – South Florida Sun-Sentinel.com.
I’m tempted to just leave that as the entire post, followed by simply this:
But in the interest of being fair, let’s examine if they actually do make this move. Coach Erik Spoelstra abandoned all of his veteran centers down the stretch in the playoffs, going for speed all the time with Jamal Magloire playing to begin the Chicago series until Udonis Haslem could get his feet under himself. Then it was just Anthony and Haslem, with the other centers not seeing a single minute of playing time. Those two players look to feature even more prominently next season. So this is a relatively harmless move to bring him in for a workout, or even to sign him.
Curry won’t get paid more than the minimum, so it’s not a huge financial investment. It likely won’t be a guaranteed deal so the Heat will have options. And if Curry does show up in shape and he does maintain it, and he can contribute in any notable way, that’s a big deal for a team that needs a legit center with Joel Anthony crafty but not dominant.
At the same time… it’s Eddy Curry. You’re opening yourselves up to the whole Eddy Curry experience. And while at this point nothing the media or anything anyone says will affect the Heat more than they’re likely to be bothered by what goes on now, there’s still another thing for there to be noise about. It’s the most costly move you can make, and you have to wonder if they wouldn’t be better off saving the money they would conceptually pay Curry and attempt to sign an undrafted rookie, a rookie drafted and cut in camp, or a foreign prospect, rather than try and shoehorn in another “veteran.”
The Hawks’ rebuild got going with big John Collins. Though they’re reportedly eying Luka Doncic with the No. 3 pick, they could easily draft another big – Jaren Jackson Jr., Mohamed Bamba, Marvin Bagley or Wendell Carter.
And then there’s veteran center Dewayne Dedmon.
He no longer fits in Atlanta (never did, really). But he’s not bypassing a chance to earn $6.3 million.
Shams Charania of Yahoo Sports:
There just wasn’t going to be that much money for the 28-year-old Dedmon in a tight market this summer.
Dedmon is a good defender, and he developed his ball skills – as a 3-point shooter and passer – in Atlanta last season. The Hawks could look to trade him. Maybe, in a deal primarily about his expiring contract, he adds extra value to the other team due to his playing ability.
If Atlanta doesn’t move him, Dedmon will be a fine player on a likely tanking team. At least he’s not good enough to subvert the Hawks’ tank, especially with the new lottery format.
Nick Young will say and do nearly anything for attention.
Empowered by the Warriors’ championship, he swung for the fences when asked about Canada passing marijuana legalization.
Young, via TMZ:
“I want people to pass cocaine,” the NBA star told TMZ Sports outside 1 OAK on Tuesday night … “Everybody needs to do cocaine!”
Predictably, that caused a bit of an uproar. Then, Young backtracked:
Too late, Nick. People are already asking questions you don’t want asked.
The 76ers have too many 2018 draft picks – Nos. 10, 26, 38, 39, 56 and 60.
Philadelphia already has 11 players under contract for next season. Plus, the 76ers have the space to add premier players. There just isn’t room for everyone on the roster.
So, Philadelphia unloaded one of those selections.
Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN:
This is good return for the 76ers, who everyone knew had to trade a draft pick. The rebuilding Bulls could easily land a higher second-round pick than No. 39 next year.
Why do the Lakers want an extra second-rounder this year? Second-round picks don’t count against the cap until signed, and they can always slightly sweeten a trade offer. They’re helpful for a team with big plans and little wiggle room.
The Knicks have the No. 8 pick, and tomorrow’s draft will be the most important part of their offseason.
Will they also have cap space to add talent in free agency? That hinges on Enes Kanter‘s player option.
If Kanter opts out, New York will have even more room to operate thanks to Kyle O'Quinn declining his $4,256,250 player option.
Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN:
The Knicks expected this for a while, and they’re probably not disappointed. Steve Mills and Scott Perry want to put their stamp on the franchise. O’Quinn is a leftover from the Phil Jackson era and a reminder of the recent tumult in New York.
O’Quinn’s combination of block percentage (6.1) and defensive-rebounding percentage (27.8) was unmatched last season. He just really struck a nice balance between contesting shots and remaining in position on the glass. He’s also a smooth mid-range shooter with an improved ability to distribute.
How much is that player worth?
It’ll be a tight market, especially for bigs. For his sake, I hope the 28-year-old O’Quinn already has assurances from other teams. He might get a similar salary or, more likely, a larger overall guarantee on a multi-year deal. But it’s also possible he comes out behind by testing free agency.