Earlier this week, reports came out that Eddy Curry is serious about getting himself back in to game shape. Matt Moore with Pro Basketball Talk quoted a story out of the Miami Herald early this week that said that Curry was working out with famed conditioning coach Tim Grover to get himself ready for a post lockout audition for NBA squads, with the Miami Heat highest on his radar.
The article goes on to say that Curry now weighs about 300 pounds, which is about 50 pounds less than he weighed when he started working out with Grover, but still five pounds over his listed weight (which I'm sure was completely accurate when it got printed...). Curry still wants to get close to 275 for any auditions, which is probably a good idea.
Curry has always been very talented. His ability to score in the post is pretty impressive. If he gets himself in shape, I don't see why the Heat wouldn't bring him in. What's the risk? When Juwan Howard or Jamaal Magloire are giving you regular minutes, why wouldn't you take a chance on a guy who was averaging 20 points per game before Mike D'Antoni showed up and did what he always does, namely refuse to mold his coaching style to the roster he inherits. Curry isn't going to get much more than the league minimum for one year. So you'll have a guy who's been humbled and will be motivated to prove he's worth a larger (no pun intended), long term deal. With a strong coach and team leaders in place, Curry could become a productive center again.