Tuesday, October 04, 2005

New York Adds Some Curry


The Chicago Bulls finally had enough. After refusing to take a DNA test, C Eddy Curry was shipped to the New York Knicks on Monday along with FC Antonio Davis in exchange for F Tim Thomas, PF Michael Sweetney, and F Jermaine Jackson (Tito and Michael were left out of the deal). In the end, the Bulls just felt there was far too much risk surrounding Curry's heart ailment. As read from the AP article announcing the deal, "They [Chicago] simply do not want a situation similar to those of former Boston Celtics guard Reggie Lewis or Loyola Marymount star Hank Gathers -- players with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy who collapsed and died."

Breakdown--Chicago:

It's an unfortunate situation for the Bulls, who lose a center that posted a career-high 16.1 PPG, in a conference known for their lack of players at the 5. Now the oft-injured Tyson Chandler will be forced to the middle with the newly-acquired Sweetney or Darius Songaila taking over at the 4. It is my opinion that Thomas will not factor into this deal at all. He is much too erratic of a player to fit in Scott Skiles' system and plus it will risk taking away minutes from second-year studs Luol Deng and Andres Nocioni. Thomas was simply a salary match to Davis, two monster deals that just won't expire. Jackson should serve as a viable backup to the National Anthem singers.
Grade: C

Breakdown--New York:

Could it be? Isiah Thomas actually puts together a deal that makes sense? Sure he just drafted Channing Frye and signed FA C Jerome James, but c'mon, let's look at the present people. He just got a top-10 center in the league who is still just 22 years of age and developing at a rapid pace. Sure Curry's heart problem may be worse than he's making it out to be, but by only sacrificing Sweetney (Thomas sucks) from a team littered with big men, the Knicks come out on top. The other beneficial aspect of the deal is that NY also brings Eddy's backup (Davis) to town. There's no question that Davis has held a huge role in helping Curry progress and we should expect no different in the Big Apple this season. Look for Larry Brown to get the very best out of Curry and perhaps even get this team to the Playoffs. Great deal for the Knickerbockers.
Grade: A

16 Comments:

At 9:35 AM, Blogger Anthony Peretore said...

Before you ask, I have no idea how this Sweetney picture exists already. No I did not get it from the Nostradamus website, yes I am freaked out about it.

 
At 11:32 AM, Anonymous chuck said...

haha, me too! I just started a dynasty with chi-town, and i picked sweetney. creeeepyyy

 
At 12:38 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sweetney pic - NBA Live for the PC. MAke the trade, capture the screen, voila.

 
At 1:21 PM, Blogger Todd Lerner said...

You'll need to redo your grades if it turns out that Antonio Davis will be waived and allowed to return to the Bulls.

 
At 1:28 PM, Blogger Anthony Peretore said...

I certainly will Todd, but a 52 year-old won't sway my grades too much.

 
At 3:51 PM, Blogger Samone said...

I like Eddy Curry, but I think John Paxson did the right thing by trading him. If Eddy would've signed the QO, he probably would've been a distracton all season and messed up the Bulls' chemistry that and Scott Skiles still can't stand him. I'm eager to see how both teams do with their new pieces, and I wish Eddy the best in NY.

I have to add that Tyson Chandler's 'injury proneness' is highly exaggerated. Yes, he did only play 35 games the season before last, but he played 80 games last year. And I believe the only two he missed were because a close friend of his died.

 
At 5:25 PM, Blogger Anthony Peretore said...

Yeah Samone, you're right. Besides the 03-04 season, TC has only missed a total of 20 games in his other three years. I'm just pissed because the one year I traded for him in fantasy he got hurt. I wish him the best this season and I can't wait for some moron to take him in the 2nd round.

 
At 7:05 PM, Blogger Nat said...

i actually took Chandler in the 3rd round of my draft to support wade and dwight howard and with this trade it looks like his fantasy stats will only get better as he will be playing the main man at c and songaila and sweetney will share minutes at PF.

 
At 12:11 PM, Blogger Anthony Peretore said...

I think Songalia could emerge as a nice sleeper for fantasy. He showed a lot of promise filling in for injuries in SacTown and I think now that he has the opportunity to start he'll def make the most of it. The more I think about this trade for Chicago, the more I like it. I just think Curry has too much upside the let him walk. But let's see what Sweet and Songalia can do.

 
At 1:31 PM, Blogger Mike said...

Wow, an A for the Knicks? Eddy scored most of his points in the first and third quarters. For all the scoring they'll be getting (which he probably won't reach last year's average with Marbury, Crawford and Q taking all the shots), the Knicks will be getting an unmotivated center that sucks at rebounding and doesn't play D. That'll go over GREAT with Larry Brown. Plus Isiah added another overpaid contract to the payroll and gave up a first round pick and two second rounders. I'd say the Bulls got the better end of this deal.

 
At 2:22 PM, Blogger Paul Benedict said...

I think it's a little rough to give the Bulls a C. They didn't want to have to trade Eddy Curry, and actually got something in return. There were reportedly no other takers in the entire league besides Isiah (wow, what a surprise there). And honestly, how much worse is Sweetney than Curry? He's a MUCH better rebounder (see same RPG, 10 less MPG) and a tougher defender. Plus, he's a great kid that WANTS to get better. Curry has been lambasted every single year for coming into training camp overweight and out of shape. He's also been known to be a headcase. And most importantly, the guy has serious health issues. Are the Knicks willing to sign him to a long term deal? I'm not a doctor, I have no idea how risky this is. I think the Bulls deserve a solid B for doing exactly what they had to do, and picking up a quality player who can fit in to their long-term plans. The Davis/Thomas part of the deal means nothing since both contracts expire for roughly the same amount at the end of the season. And even if the Knicks do waive Antonio Davis, there's a new clause in the CBA that doesn't allow a player to sign back with his old team for 30 days I believe. Even still, it would be a nice pick up for the Bulls. As for the Knicks, I think their grade is inconclusive. It's a risky deal, but it could really pay off. Like Anthony said, quality big men with Curry's size and potential are VERY difficult to find. Curry could be a top 5 center for years to come and the Knicks gave up a player they didn't need for him. That said, Curry still has a ton of work to do. Luckily, Larry Brown is the Knicks head coach and he could be the guy to help Curry develop. Another effect of this trade to look at-- where the hell does Channing Frye fit in now? Frye is an awful sidekick to Curry since his knocks (rebounding, defense) are the same as Curry's. And one other thing-- people can talk all they want about the worrisome clash of egos in Miami, but take a closer look at New York. They're not necessarily jerk-offs...but I'm just wondering-- who the fuck is going to pass the ball in that starting lineup of Marbury, Crawford, Q-Rich, Frye/Taylor/Rose, and Curry? Yikes. Plus we have to remember that Isiah Thomas made this move and that he's never done anything right since retiring, so something awful is bound to happen.

 
At 3:13 PM, Blogger Anthony Peretore said...

Yeah I gotta up my grade a little for the Bulls. I just hate the fact that they traded away both their centers (though they may get Davis back). Plus I don't trust Chandler AT ALL to be able to bang with the centers of the league. But on the other hand, they did get a player who was an excellent force down low in the Big East Conference. As Paul says, Sweet has the desire to improve as well, something Curry's been known to be lacking. But we have to think that Larry Brown will whip Eddy's fat ass into shape and transform him into a top-5 center. I guess I gave the Knicks an A based on potential and the Bulls a C based on the worse scenarios that can play out for them. That isn't really fair, but I did write that at 8:30 in the morning without any coffee. No excuses though, a pretty fair trade for both clubs.

PS-I actually got this word verification wrong, do you believe that? How hard do they need to make this? Sorry if the L looks like a God damn I!

 
At 12:19 AM, Anonymous SSS said...

I like Curry, but doesn't drafting a 5 and then signing 2 more 5s seems a bit odd? Possibly even shows a lack of a long term plan? Now the Knicks have 5 SG's and 3 C's. Quite the rotation.

Keep up the great work guys. Love the site.

 
At 1:53 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

john hollinger on espn.com has a more negative view of this trade for the knicks. He points out that the knicks give up their 2006 first rd pick, and might have to swap their 2007 pick with chicago as part of this deal.

 
At 3:56 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

i agree with ant. i like chandler a LOT more as a pf than as a c. i think they're gonna have to get a big capable body to play c if they want to equal last year's record.

sjg.

 
At 7:28 PM, Blogger atma brother #1 said...

Check out a slightly different take on Eddy Curry going to the Knicks from the Warrior fan perspective:
http://goldenstwarriors.blogspot.com/2005/10/bay-area-curry.html

Props to The NBA Source crew for always dropping a fresh perspective on the NBA.

 

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