Miami Heat ‘Free-agent Focus’: Eddy Curry

(When the lockout ends, the Miami Heat will be limited to no more than
the mid-level exception to spend in free agency, which should fall
somewhere in the $5.5 million range. That’s if it exists at all in a new
collective-bargaining agreement. Otherwise, there might only be the
veteran minimum to spend, which would be roughly $1 million for 2011-12.
This is the 10th in a series of evaluations of potential free-agent

2010-11 salary: $11.3 million.

The case for: We could say willing to work for food, but that just wouldn’t be right. But he would come cheap, and there is enough potential there, potential that Zydrunas Ilgauskas no longer possesses, that Joel Anthony arguably lacks, and that Dexter Pittman may never possess. At the minimum, the risks are minimal.

The case against: The Heat culture has been about hard work, commitment and defensive disposition. So would such a move send the right signal? Plus, it’s not as if Curry has shown anything to anyone in an awfully long time. Should a team in win-now mode be taking on projects?

We say: Clearly, this is not a whim, but something the Heat have been working on and considering for months. For the team that rebuilt Ike Austin, there has to be a degree of curiosity. The fact that Curry might be willing to work for the minimum could speak volumes about his commitment.

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