Undeterred by the center’s reported heart condition, Knicks GM Isiah Thomas has made offers for the Bulls’ Eddie Curry writes the Chicago Tribue’s Marlen Garcia.
Eddy Curry’s agent said Saturday he has found a team that is a willing buyer in a sign-and-trade for the Bulls’ center. The agent, Leon Rose, declined to name the team, but sources familiar with the negotiations said it was the Knicks.
Bulls general manager John Paxson said he would not pursue the proposal, which Rose said he made about a week ago.
“Unless there’s a deal out there I want to make, I’m not making it,” said Paxson, clearly angered by Rose’s announcement. “I’m not going to give Eddy Curry away.”
Worse for Curry, a three-year offer from the Bulls appears to be off the table, leaving him with only the one-year qualifying offer of $5.14 million.
“They’ve already rejected it,” Paxson said of the short-term contract offer.
At this point, any other contract offer is “not going to happen,” Paxson said. “There are too many questions.”
Those questions always come back to Curry’s risky heart condition, which was diagnosed last spring.
Unless a sign-and-trade can be put together, or another team gives him an offer sheet by Oct. 1, Curry will have no choice but to accept the qualifying offer.
The New York Daily News’ Frank Isola claims the Knicks’ proposal would’ve included Michael Sweetny.