Spurs bring back the band for training caEDDY CURRY WHERE DID HE COME FROM?!?!
To say Eddy Curry’s inclusion on the Spurs training camp roster was a surprise would be underselling it. Stephen Jackson not talking to the media was a surprise. Tony Parker making fun of one member of the media’s hair (not me, my hair is immaculate) was a surprise. Manu Ginobili yelling really loud when he was recording some clips for what I can only imagine was the jumbotron video was a surprise.
Eddy Curry signing a training camp deal with the Spurs was downright dumbfounding. But when you take a step back and let it simmer, this is just the kind of move the Spurs make.
First, and we’ll get this out of the way quickly, Curry looks pretty fit. He doesn’t look like the out-of-shape Curry that we remember from the New York Knicks. I won’t go as far to say he’s in peak physical condition, but he doesn’t look like he’s in the kind of physical shape where he’ll embarrass himself this month.
Like most of the moves the Spurs make, this is a low-risk deal for them. They bring in Curry, who if nothing else is a legit 7-foot body, and see what he can do. Can he improve the Spurs defensively? Is he a head case? If the Spurs don’t like what they see, they waive him. No big deal.
If dude can play, well, they just brought in a solid sixth big who, once in his career, averaged almost 20 points a game for an entire season. That’s pretty good value for a training camp invite. Oh yeah, and dude has championship experience. (Okay, that’s stretching it a bit.)
Now here’s where I get honest. I don’t think he’s going to make it. I’m not venturing out on a limb very far with that statement, but it is early to make any real definitive statements. Unless the Spurs are intent on trading one of DeJuan Blair / Matt Bonner / Tiago Splitter (remember, he’s getting paid next summer), or waiving Blair, Curry is surplus to requirements.
If the Spurs were going to keep a sixth big on the roster, I would hope it would be one who can help-and-recover on pick-and-rolls (not Curry) and/or does a good job of protecting the rim (1.1 blocks per 36 minutes for his career). Curry doesn’t fulfill either of those requirements. In that sense, Curry doesn’t fit. But when you look at RC Buford and Co.’s track record over the years, the transaction list is filled with a lot of low-risk moves that usually don’t work out, but could have a much larger impact if they did.
In that regard, this move fits the Spurs to a T.