Assuming Mario Chalmers re-signs, the Heat sees five open roster spots to fill thusly: two on centers (ideally a starter and a cheaper backup, perhaps Eddy Curry (above) or re-signing Jamaal Magloire); a backup point guard; and two wing players (preferably re-signing James Jones and a rotation-worthy veteran, with Shane Battier among expected targets). There would be six open spots if the Heat uses the potential amnesty clause to dump Mike Miller, owed $24 million through 2014-15.
Curry, who interests the Heat, is in “excellent shape” and “no question” ready to join an NBA team post-lockout, well-regarded Chicago-based trainer Tim Grover told us last week. Grover declined to give Curry’s weight, which was 300 in August, down from 350 in March.
Grover said he advised Curry not to play in the FIU charity game last weekend because “these are not games for big men.”
So which is it? Is former Knicks/Bulls C Curry in tip top condition, or is he (once again) an insurance company’s biggest nightmare? Or more accurately, did he stay away from the Isiah Thomas-hosted FIU event because the mere sight of the Eddy Curry Suppression Ring anywhere near a basketball court would be enough to send Zeke running for the nearest medicine cabinet?