Eddy Curry Uncertain What the Future Holds for Him in Miami

by April 20, 2012

Not too surprisingly, the Miami Heat have had very little use for Eddy Curry this season, and the big fella no clue if he’ll have a job in South Beach next season (let alone if he truly wants one.) From Fox Sports: “As far as playing-wise, it hurts me that I’m not playing,’ Curry said. ‘Honestly, I feel like I did a lot to put myself in a position to be successful here, but it just hasn’t turned into minutes for me. But I think, on another note, my body is great. I’m continuing to lose weight, continuing to get myself in great shape. And that’s all I can really ask for. It’s a world-class organization here, and just to be a part of it, I feel extremely blessed and I’m still making the best of it.’ At one point last year, the 7-foot Curry weighed nearly 400 pounds and it was no certainty he ever would play in the NBA again. But the Heat took a chance on him, and he’s now below 300. But it hasn’t translated into minutes. Curry has played in just 13 games all season, averaging 1.5 points and 0.6 rebounds over 4.5 minutes per game. When the Heat signed free agent Ronny Turiaf last month, Curry dropped to fourth on the depth chart at center, also behind Joel Anthony and Dexter Pittman. Considering power forward Udonis Haslem recently has slid over to start some games at center and power forward Chris Bosh also moves at times to that spot, Curry’s chances to get meaningful time in the playoffs are all but nil. […] Head coach Erik Spoelstra spoke of a desire to have Curry return after he becomes a free agent. ‘He’s done a lot for himself to prepare him for next year, hopefully with us,’ Spoelstra said. ‘But he’s set the table for himself to resurrect his career wherever he ends up going.’ So that raises the question: Is Curry interested in returning to the Heat next season? ‘I don’t know,’ he said. ‘We’ll see what happens. I’m here right now. I don’t know what’s going to happen … At the end of this thing, I’ll sit down with (Spoelstra) and with (Heat president Pat) Riley and with my agent (Leon Rose).’ Curry didn’t disagree it could be difficult returning to Miami after playing so little. ‘Obviously, it’d be tough,’ Curry said. ‘Although I haven’t played and they told me I would play, it hasn’t shaken my confidence at all. They’re real hands-on here. Coach Spo talks to me about it and tells me what’s on his mind, and I tell him what’s on my mind. As long as that line of communication is open, I got to take them as men of their words. I have no complaints. Of course, I would love to play. Everybody would love to play.’ […] ‘Worst case, I’m in the best shape of my life, and I’ll take that,’ he said.”