Eddy Curry (born December 5, 1982 in Harvey, Illinois) was awarded to the Dallas Mavericks on a waiver claim on October 25, 2012.
Curry led his Thornwood High School (South Holland, Illinois) to a second place finish in the IHSA State Playoffs while being named Illinois' Mr. Basketball for that year.
Despite signing a letter of intent with DePaul University, he declared himself an early entry candidate for the 2001 NBA Draft and was selected fourth overall by the Chicago Bulls.
His minutes were limited as a rookie but in Curry's sophomore season with Chicago he led the league in FG% (58.5%) while making a name for himself in the league. The following season he again increased both his scoring and rebounding averages,
The Bulls, as a team, improved by 28 wins in 2004-2005 and made the playoffs that season. Curry was leading the team in scoring when he was hospitalized with an irregular heartbeat forcing him to miss the last 13 games and all of the playoffs. He still finished the season averaging 16.1 points and 5.4 rebounds in 28.7 minutes of action.
This is where the story takes a bit of a turn. Although cleared by doctors to resume practice in June of 2005, Chicago asked Curry to take a DNA test to assess whether he had a congenital heart condition. After refusing, on grounds of privacy, Curry was traded to the New York Knicks. The trade sent Curry and Antonio Davis to the Big Apple for Tim Thomas, Mike Sweetney and Jermaine Jackson. The teams also exchanged first round draft picks.
While Curry's numbers dipped slightly in his first season with the Knicks, 2005-2006, he came back with a vengance the next season under new head coach Isiah Thomas and posted career averages of 19.5 points and 7.0 rebounds in 81 games.
Following one additional season in New York things came to a head in October of 2008 when Curry reported to camp out of shape and, although making the team, was not going to be in new coach Mike D'Antoni's playing rotation when the year began. It didn't help that a sore right knee hampered him for much of the season and limited the 7'0 center to only three games.
2009-2010 was no better for Curry seeing action in only seven games for New York. With his contract up after the season, he was unsigned until Miami came calling with a one-year deal on December 10, 2011. On January 19, 2012, he played his first NBA game since 2009 and was almost 70 pounds lighter than when he was at his heaviest in New York. Curry played in 14 games that season with Miami and was part of the Heat's NBA Championship team.
He began the 2012 season in training camp with San Antonio but was release in training camp. He was claimed by the Mavericks and played in the team's first two games of the 2012-2013 season averaging 4.5 points and 2.0 rebounds per game before being waived to make room for veteran center-forward Troy Murphy.