October 4th 2005: The New York Knicks acquire Eddy Curry
In one of the more startling moves in team history, the New York Knicks acquired Eddy Curry from the Chicago Bulls in a sign-and-trade deal. The Knicks dealt Tim Thomas, Mike Sweetney, and Jermaine Jackson along with a 2006 1st round pick, a 2007 1st round pick swap, a 2007 2nd round pick, and a 2009 2nd round pick. The Knicks signed Curry to a 6 year contract worth $60 million. This was after Curry refused to submit to a DNA test to determine if he had a heart ailment. This was after the Knicks drafted Channing Frye and signed Jerome James to an equally confusing contract. The trade made sense to no one outside of Isiah Thomas, who believed he acquired a lottery pick in Curry, then 22 years old.
As expected, Curry was mostly a bust in New York. Curry started for the Knicks during most of the first 3 years of his tenure, but his inconsistent conditioning, defense, and rebounding proved to be a great source of frustration for the coaching staff. The 2006-07 season brought a glimmer of hope when Curry averaged 19.5 points/game across 81 games and 35.2 minutes/game. However, Curry regressed in the 2007-08 season, his last productive season as a Knick.
Whereas the Chicago Bulls questioned whether Curry had a heart ailment, there’s no question Curry’s heart was never into the game of basketball. For all the potential he showed in high school and even at spurts during his career, he never seemed to love the game. Something was definitely missing.
After the Knicks hired Mike D’Antoni, Curry showed up to training camp out of shape and was benched indefinitely. Curry only played 10 more games in NY over 3 seasons before he was dealt in the Carmelo Anthony trade. The end of a really bad era.
To add insult to injury, the Knicks could have benefitted from the draft picks sent in the Curry deal. The 2006 1st round pick given up was the 2nd overall pick. The 2007 1st round pick turned out to become Joakim Noah, a player we later acquired 9 years later. Just a disappointing era in Knicks history.