Eddy Curry hasn't played in a game since Dec. 17, but his left knee has flared up and, according to the team, will require surgery.

Curry will undergo an arthroscopic debridement to remove loose cartilage in his left knee. The timetable for his rehabilitation process is said to be six weeks. Curry underwent similar surgery in March 2008 on his right knee. He missed the final 20 games of the season.

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This is notable because his targeted return date would be after the Feb. 18 trade deadline, not that Curry -- who has been out of Mike D'Antoni's rotation since Jonathan Bender arrived -- had a shot at being dealt by then.

What does this mean for Curry's future? It depends on where the Knicks are when he is cleared to play in early March. If the team is still in reasonable reach of a playoff berth, it is hard to believe Curry will be thrust into action. So it's conceivable that Curry could have played his final game as a Knick. With one year and $11.2M left on his contract, the team could negotiate a buyout over the summer. Of course he would be an expiring contract so perhaps a team looking to dump some salary would take him for a long-term contract.

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The NBA this morning unveiled the contestants for this season's Sprite Slam Dunk contest, set for Feb. 13 in Dallas. Nate Robinson will defend his title and compete against Gerald Wallace (Bobcats), Shannon Brown (Lakers) and whomever wins the dunk-in the day before between DeMar DeRozan (Raptors) and Eric Gordon (Clippers).

Robinson didn't want to talk about the contest before the game.