Eddy Curry to Work Out with Brooklyn Nets
Added by Deshawn Jelani on August 30, 2012.
The Brooklyn Nets worked out Eddy Curry as the team searches for a veteran backup big man.
The Brooklyn Nets made plans to work out free-agent center Eddy Curry on Wednesday, according to sources involved with the situation.
Curry, a 7 feet tall bigman, was the fourth overall pick for the Chicago Bulls in 2001. For his career, he averaged 13.0 points (shooting 54.5% from the field) and 5.2 rebounds per game. He played last season with Miami Heat where he received limited minutes (mostly clean-up during blowouts). He has also had stops with New York Knicks during his tenure as a player as well.
Overall, Curry is a solid NBA center and would be an important signing for the Nets, as their frontcourt off the bench is currently very thin and inexperienced. As of now, their power forwards and centers that will come off the bench consist of Reggie Evans and rookies Tornike Shengelia, Ilkan Karaman, and Mirza Teletovic.
The bench overall will need some help. This is especially true after they lost small forward Donte Green to a fractured ankle, which occurred during an offseason Nets workout last weekend. Green previously agreed to terms on a training camp invite/non-guaranteed deal before the injury that will require surgery.
The Nets may also work out free agent center Hilton Armstrong. Armstrong, age 27, has played with a few different teams during his time in the NBA but spent last season playing in France. He’s averaged 3.1 points per game and 2.6 rebounds per game through his NBA career.
The Nets certainly need answers when it comes to signing experienced talent to come off the bench. With teams like the Boston Celtics, Philadelphia 76ers, and the Knicks (all of which have a ton of talent and depth) in the same division as the Nets, it will be tough for them to be competitive through an entire season with a strong starting five, but weak bench play.