The Dallas Mavericks have picked up center Eddy Curry on a waiver claim and due to team policy the terms of the deal were not disclosed. The signing of Curry comes hours after the team suspended Delonte West indefinitely.
Acquiring Curry might be a sign that West will be released sometime in the next coming days. Teammates and coaches have been talking about West in the past tense which in my mind means that he will not be on the team for very long.
Another reason for signing Curry may be because Chris Kaman has been injured on and off during the past month, along with the fact that Dirk Nowitzki will be out the entire month of November. The Mavericks need somebody who can produce on the defensive end as well as the offensive end.
Curry was drafted 4th overall in the 2001 NBA Draft by the Chicago Bulls where he spent four seasons there. He spent most of his career with the New York Knicks from 2005-2010. He has a career average of 13 points and 5.2 rebounds in almost 25 minutes of play per game.
This past year was Curry’s first year back after missing the 2010-11 season, but he only played in 14 games (starting in 1). In his years before the 2010-11 season, he only played 10 games due to medical and personal reasons. Since he has not played in many games in the past four years, there is only a small chance that he will be able to provide the Mavs solid minutes with 10-15 points to go along with 5-8 rebounds.
He may not provide the Mavericks with much, but this could be a redemption year for him. If he can provide the team solid minutes then he should still be on the team after Nowitzki returns in December. If not then Curry will most likely be released once again and this could be his last run in the NBA.