The Knicks get:
The Bulls get:
By Steve Kerr, Yahoo! Sports
October 3, 2005
Yahoo! Sports Exclusive
The Chicago Bulls' proposed trade of Eddy Curry to the New York Knicks on Monday was a move that general manager John Paxson didn't want to make, but ultimately had to make.
With Curry facing a potentially life threatening heart condition, Paxson made every effort to resolve the medical issues at hand. But when Curry refused to take a DNA test that apparently would have given Paxson and the Bulls the answers they needed, they were forced to deal their starting center to New York.
The Knicks, for their part, are apparently convinced Curry will be fine. The sign-and-trade deal will give the young center an estimated $60 million to $70 million over six years. If Curry does indeed stay healthy, he could be the young player New York so desperately needs. He has the potential to be one of the league's best low-post players – a center who can change the game entirely by forcing double teams and dominating the lane.
The troubling aspect of this deal, of course, is that both the Knicks and Curry appear willing to neglect the DNA test to get what they want. New York gets a starting center, while Curry receives a huge contract. With the tragic memories of Reggie Lewis and Hank Gathers still vivid for so many of us, it's scary to think of Curry taking the floor if he is indeed at risk of a heart attack. It should be in everyone's best interests – especially Curry's – to take the test.
The Bulls, for their part, offered Curry $400,000 a year for 50 years if he failed the test – basically insuring him financial security in a worst-case scenario. But Curry refused and forced Paxson's hand, getting the big contract he wanted and landing a spot in the Knicks' lineup.
Had Curry taken the test and passed it, Paxson would have signed him to a long-term deal and the Bulls would have been a potential upper-echelon NBA team for years to come. But a frustrated Paxson did the right thing, refusing to be responsible for Curry's health without complete medical testing and assurances that the heart problem was not life threatening.
Paxson also had to answer to his owners, who weren't about to commit so much money to Curry without assurances of their own. The Knicks, who have never been shy about spending money, are apparently willing to take that chance.
In return for Curry, the Bulls will receive Tim Thomas, Mike Sweetney, Jermaine Jackson and draft picks. Rumors are that Antonio Davis, who is part of the package to New York, will be subsequently released and re-signed by Chicago to a minimum deal. The Bulls will have major salary-cap space next summer as a result of the trade. Of course, they'd rather have a healthy Curry, but at the end of a frustrating process, dealing Curry was about all Paxson could do.
Hopefully, Curry and the Knicks know what they're doing, and the big man will have a great career – and more importantly – live a long, productive life. But it seems awfully dangerous to gamble on that without taking every precautionary measure.
Steve Kerr is Yahoo! Sports' NBA analyst. Send him a question or comment for potential use in a future column or webcast.
Updated on Tuesday, Oct 4, 2005 1:23 am EDT
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Last edited by Duncan=God; 10-04-05 at 07:09 PM.
The Bulls willingness to insure Curry even if he FAILED the test and their immediate offer to buy out the contract of Jason Williams just shows how much of a class organization they are going to be under Paxson.
Why would anyone assume that Curry hasn't taken the DNA test?
Wouldn't it be easier to say he won't take the test rather than just Refusing to
Disclose any Medical Info.
I'm more than sure he did take that test and results may not be so good.
The most logical thing to do in that case would be to secure his family with millions
cuz he probably can't support his new life style with $500,000/yr for the next 50yrs.
I'm not trying to be funny but, its true. He NOW has a $70 to $80mil for the next 6yrs
and should his heart begins to show signs of irregurality, he will retire a millionaire.
Do y'all really think he will play? NO!!!!
If his heart is not alright and he knows it I'd say he will retire within a few months.
Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I'm not sure about the former. -- Albert Einstein - US (German-born) physicist (1879 - 1955)
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