Curry leaves Miami empty-handed

After several workouts with the Miami Heat, free agent Eddy Curry(notes) left South Florida without the championship contender offering him a contract for the playoffs, league sources told Yahoo! Sports.

Heat president Pat Riley and coach Erik Spoelstra weren’t sold that Curry, who hasn’t played an NBA game this season, could make enough of a difference to justify cutting a young player off its roster, sources said.

Curry’s poor conditioning and more than 350 pounds of weight ultimately doomed his bid to join the Heat. After going to Chicago to work out Curry, who turned 28 two weeks ago, Riley was intrigued enough to bring him down to Miami for further evaluation and a medical physical. After working out a few days in the middle of last week, Curry eventually returned to his hometown of Chicago without an offer.

Several NBA teams, including Miami, are expected to monitor his progress over the summer and consider the possibility of bringing him to training camp next season.

Miami’s inconsistent frontline had made Curry’s candidacy possible, but the Heat – even without center Erick Dampier(notes) – pounded the Boston Celtics 100-77 on Sunday and destroyed them on the boards, including 15-3 on the offensive end.

Curry has played a total of 10 NBA games in the past three seasons: three in ’09-10 and seven in ’08-09, all for the Knicks. New York never activated him this season. In his best pro season, Curry averaged 19 points and seven rebounds for the Knicks in ’06-07.

Adrian Wojnarowski is the NBA columnist for Yahoo! Sports. Follow him on Twitter. Send Adrian a question or comment for potential use in a future column or webcast.
Updated Monday, Apr 11, 2011