When Eddy Curry went to Las Vegas last summer to work out during the NBA Summer League, he left his sneakers home. This year, he stayed home with them.
The 7-foot center is going into the final year of his contract - and, possibly, his NBA career - and had been working out daily at the MSG Training Center in late spring. He met with Mike D'Antoni about his role in the system and said he intended to go to Vegas to work out. But shortly after the NBA draft, he left for Chicago and wasn't heard from for two weeks, which raised concerns in the Knicks' organization.
On Friday, a person close to Curry said he intended to make contact with Donnie Walsh, who later confirmed that he spoke with the player. "He said he was working out," Walsh said, "and would be back in New York to get with the new players."
Curry keeps an offseason residence in Chicago, where he has dealt with myriad issues dating to 2007, when he and his family were victims of a home invasion.
More recently, a warrant was issued for his arrest in Cook County on June 24, stemming from his failure to make a mandated appearance June 14 for a civil case from 2005 that was reopened because he failed to pay the agreed-upon settlement. Curry's lawyers settled the case June 24, however, and his lawyer, Kelly Saindon, said the warrant "was mistakenly entered."
The 27-year-old will make $11.2 million this season, then will become a free agent. He has played in only 10 games the past two seasons because of injury and conditioning issues.
Those who have seen him at the MSG Training Center and have worked out with him, such as Wilson Chandler and Toney Douglas, say Curry has looked good. He has been cleared for full-contact workouts after being sidelined toward the end of the season with a torn myofascial band in his right calf.
The Knicks have traded for burly center Ronny Turiaf and signed 7-1 Russian Timofey Mozgov. According to a tweet from Russian reporter Alexander Chernykh, Mozgov's agent said Mozgov was guaranteed a roster spot and told he will back up Turiaf because Curry won't play.
D'Antoni, who has been tough on Curry for the last two seasons, denied the report and said Curry "absolutely will play" as long as he is healthy.
Notes & quotes: Bill Walker had 19 points and five assists in 35:08 to lead the Knicks in a 92-80 win over the Pistons on Friday in the NBA Summer League. Second-round pick Landry Fields (7-for-13) had 15 points in 21:24 and big man Jerome Jordan 16 points but also 10 fouls in 21:16 . . . The Knicks close out Summer League play against No. 1 overall pick John Wall and the Wizards on Saturday.