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    Bulls deal Curry after DNA test refusal
    Associated Press

    DEERFIELD, Ill. -- The Bulls dealt center Eddy Curry to the New York Knicks on Monday, ending a contentious negotiation in which Chicago insisted the restricted free agent take a DNA test over a heart problem.

    Chicago also sent veteran center Antonio Davis to the Knicks, who traded away forwards Tim Thomas, Michael Sweetney and Jermaine Jackson. Several draft choices also changed hands in the deal, according to an executive in the Eastern Conference who spoke on condition of anonymity.

    The trade was expected to be finalized Tuesday.

    In making the announcement, an obviously frustrated Bulls general manager John Paxson did not specify what Chicago got in return and he did not field questions.

    "We will have an announcement tomorrow morning," Bulls public relations director Sebrina Brewster said Monday night. "All we can say right now is we traded Eddy to the Knicks."

    Knicks spokesman Jonathan Supranowitz said the team declined comment on Paxson's announcement.

    The Bulls had insisted that Curry take a DNA test to determine whether he's susceptible to a potentially fatal heart problem. Curry, who missed the final 13 games of the regular season and the playoffs after experiencing an irregular heartbeat, balked, saying it violated his privacy.

    "I would never put a player on the floor in a Chicago Bulls uniform if I didn't do everything in my power to find out all the information that was available," Paxson said. "You can debate genetic testing 'til you're blue in the face. But from what I know, from what I've learned over the last six months, that test could have helped us determine the best course of action."

    Curry, drafted right out of high school, averaged a career-high 16.1 points in his fourth NBA season.

    The standoff stemmed from a benign arrhythmia that caused Curry to miss the final 13 games of the regular season and the playoffs.

    Several prominent cardiologists cleared Curry to play, but Barry Maron, a world-renowned specialist in hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, suggested the DNA test.

    Paxson has said he understands the privacy issues involved but insisted the Bulls do not have an ulterior motive; they simply do not want a situation similar to those of former Boston Celtics guard Reggie Lewis or Loyola Marymount star Hank Gathers -- players with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy who collapsed and died.

    Paxson, speaking during the team's media day, told reporters the Bulls had offered Curry $400,000 annually for the next 50 years if he failed the genetic test.

    "So he would have an above-average lifestyle that would put him in a position that most other people aren't in," Paxson said. "Our intention through that whole process was to show him that we did care about him and that we were concerned about his well-being."

    Curry's agent Leon Rose did not return calls seeking comment Monday.

    Paxson said he resented insinuations that the Bulls were on a sort of witch hunt, trying to find information on Curry.

    The general manager started by asking reporters to "let me ramble a minute." After a long pause, he said, "This has been about as uncomfortable and unusual a situation I could ever imagine. We've attempted from Day 1 to do the right thing, and I'm absolutely confident that we have in every way we went about it. And in a lot of ways we've met resistance in trying to gather all the information we feel we need."

    About three minutes later, Paxson said, "From a basketball standpoint, I understand what I'm doing. But I have an obligation to this organization and the people I work for to do the right thing. And I did the right thing. That's all I've got to say."

    Then, he walked away from the table.

    That Curry and the Bulls parted was not shocking, given the tone of the negotiations.

    Curry played a major role as the Bulls won 47 games and reached the playoffs for the first time since 1998 -- when Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen led them to their sixth NBA title.

    "It's tough," said power forward Tyson Chandler, who re-signed with the Bulls for six years during the offseason. "I'm sad to see him go."

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  • #2
    Uh Paxson you have no centers now. Who's gonna start, Othella Harrington? Chandler can't handle the post. Say goodbye to any playoff chances until you get some semblance of a big man. So with Thmas, Sweetney, Songailia, Chandler, and malik Allen you have 6 PFs. The Bulls are still a trainwreck.

    Good move by NYC. Davis isn't that great anymore but he will give em some toughness inside and a little leadership on and off the floor. Curry will be NYC's first decent big man since Ewing left. Curry, Davis, Rose, Frye, and Lee or James is a pretty good big man rotation. Plus they got rid of Thomas' ridiculous contract and Davis' will be up soon. Curry will do some damage on the offensive end if he gets some touches. That seems unlikely though with ballhogs like Marbury, Crawford, and QRich on the outside. Still the Knicks should be a playoff team and maybe contend for the east with this roster.

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    • #3
      I would've taken the test. $400,000 a year for 50 years if I failed? Shit, I would've been hoping I failed.

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        • #5
          QUOTE(GloveSaveandaBeauty @ Oct 4 2005, 12:29 AM) Quoted post

          I would've taken the test. $400,000 a year for 50 years if I failed? Shit, I would've been hoping I failed.
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          agreed..........i can't believe he passed that up. $20 million bucks guaranteed. if this comes up again and it forces him to never play again, he gets nothing. he's not the sharpest tool in the shed, but i'm glad the Knicks picked him up and unloaded Thomas' contract. here's hoping he's healthy and no more problems arise.
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          • #6
            QUOTE(bigJOE @ Oct 4 2005, 12:44 AM) Quoted post

            QUOTE(GloveSaveandaBeauty @ Oct 4 2005, 12:29 AM) Quoted post

            I would've taken the test. $400,000 a year for 50 years if I failed? Shit, I would've been hoping I failed.
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            agreed..........i can't believe he passed that up. $20 million bucks guaranteed. if this comes up again and it forces him to never play again, he gets nothing. he's not the sharpest tool in the shed, but i'm glad the Knicks picked him up and unloaded Thomas' contract. here's hoping he's healthy and no more problems arise.
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            I had read earlier that the Bulls really wanted either David Lee or Trevor Ariza as part of this package. Glad to see they played hardball until they got the player the REALLY wanted - Jermaine Jackson.

            Where are the plethora of draft picks that Paxson requested? Sure, Tim Thomas has an expiring contract, and Sweetney is a decent player, but they really should have dealt Curry earlier this summer - to Memphis, LAL, etc., b/c they got jack for him in this one. Getting rid of A.Davis' contract helps from a cap perspective, sure, but where can they spend those savings? Sprewell is still available? Reggie Evans too.....yuck!

            If they would have traded him to Minny, they might have been able to pry Wally from them, or get SOMETHING of value.

            Bulls can still make the playoffs, but it will be a stretch. Hello 7/8 seed!
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            • #7
              I agree with what Paxson did in this situation. He was looking out for Curry and for the Bulls. I dont understand why Curry was so worried about his privacy. And I dont think the Bulls will miss him as much as Torch and others think. He couldnt rebound or play D. A team wont go very far in the playoffs with Curry manning the middle on defense. Chandler is a better rebounder and defender and between him and Songalia (who is better than you think) and Allen from time to time, they shouldnt be too bad at center. Sweetney is an up and coming power forward who can rebound. Thomas is a roster filler who wont play much behind Deng at SF.

              The Knicks have too many gunners on their team to do much, and they are now soft in the middle with Curry there.
              “I’ve always stated, ‘I’m a Missouri Tiger,’” Anderson said March 13 after Arkansas fired John Pelphrey, adding, “I’m excited about what’s taking place here.”

              Asked then if he would talk to his players about the situation, he said, “They know me, and that’s where the trust comes in.

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              • #8
                Time for change

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                • #9
                  And the Bulls might also get David Lee or Ariza, both have some potential to be pretty good
                  “I’ve always stated, ‘I’m a Missouri Tiger,’” Anderson said March 13 after Arkansas fired John Pelphrey, adding, “I’m excited about what’s taking place here.”

                  Asked then if he would talk to his players about the situation, he said, “They know me, and that’s where the trust comes in.

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                  • #10
                    If the Bulls are so worried about him, why not give him $10 million right now if he fails the test? Current dollars are always worth more than future dollars.

                    How many of you would be willing to take a DNA test that might result in being fired from your job and not being able to get a position in the field you've trained your entire life for, say $5,000 a year for 50 years? Now I just might, since I'm a hack at my job. But if you are the best of the best, why do it?

                    Moon

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                    • #11
                      Moon,

                      $5,000 is alot less than $400,000.

                      Pay me 40 grand a year for 50 years and I'll be happy.
                      “I’ve always stated, ‘I’m a Missouri Tiger,’” Anderson said March 13 after Arkansas fired John Pelphrey, adding, “I’m excited about what’s taking place here.”

                      Asked then if he would talk to his players about the situation, he said, “They know me, and that’s where the trust comes in.

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                      • #12
                        That's his right.
                        It's no different that refusing to take a physical.
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                        • #13
                          QUOTE(Razzy @ Oct 4 2005, 09:45 AM) Quoted post

                          Moon,

                          $5,000 is alot less than $400,000.

                          Pay me 40 grand a year for 50 years and I'll be happy.
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                          Do you make $4 million a year? Eddy Curry does.

                          Let me put it this way then: You get 10% of your current income for 50 years to walk away from your profession, with likely few skills to do much of anything else. Do you take it?

                          Moon

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                          • #14
                            No, I only make just over a million a year.

                            Lets see..., 100 g's a year for 50 years?

                            I might have to cut out some of the caviar and lobster meals, and cancel a few overseas vacations a year, and perhaps drop a couple of country club memberships. Their fees run kind of high. And I might have to sell 3 or 4 of my cars. How much will a 2004 Ferrari Testarozza fetch?

                            But yeah, I might be able to swing it.
                            “I’ve always stated, ‘I’m a Missouri Tiger,’” Anderson said March 13 after Arkansas fired John Pelphrey, adding, “I’m excited about what’s taking place here.”

                            Asked then if he would talk to his players about the situation, he said, “They know me, and that’s where the trust comes in.

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                            • #15
                              QUOTE(Moon Man @ Oct 4 2005, 07:49 AM) Quoted post

                              QUOTE(Razzy @ Oct 4 2005, 09:45 AM) Quoted post

                              Moon,

                              $5,000 is alot less than $400,000.

                              Pay me 40 grand a year for 50 years and I'll be happy.
                              [/b][/quote]

                              Do you make $4 million a year? Eddy Curry does.

                              Let me put it this way then: You get 10% of your current income for 50 years to walk away from your profession, with likely few skills to do much of anything else. Do you take it?

                              Moon
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                              sure, razzy can live off 1300.00 a year.
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