Eddy Curry released by Mavericks

Eddy Curry, we hardly knew ya. The Dallas Mavericks decided
to release the center hopeful Friday, sources told FoxSportsSouthwest.com.

The move coincides with the decision to sign veteran power
forward Troy Murphy to a one-year deal.

This latest cut marks two releases for Curry in a season
that’s only two games old. The San Antonio Spurs had Curry during the preseason
before letting him go Oct. 23. The Mavericks then claimed the 29-year-old
7-footer three days later.

Curry started the Mavs’ preseason finale and made the
regular season roster. The 10-year veteran played a key role in the
season-opening 99-91 victory at the Los Angeles Lakers with seven points and
four rebounds in 17 minutes.

Curry played sparingly just a day later in Wednesday’s loss
at Utah. He had two points and didn’t grab a rebound in eight minutes.

The Mavericks have been busy on the personnel front over the
last week. Dallas waived Delonte West to make room for Curry despite West
having a one-year contract.

Mavericks president of basketball operations Donnie Nelson
initially lauded the addition of Curry, saying the former lottery pick “worked
extremely hard this offseason and can provide our front line with much needed

Curry lost significant weight in his attempt to resume what
was once a promising career. A series of off-the-court incidents and injuries
over the years have plagued Curry, who has played in only 24 games the last
four seasons.

Murphy is seen as a better stopgap while Dirk Nowitzki
recovers from knee surgery. Starting center Chris Kaman is expected back
Saturday night for the home opener against Charlotte, making Curry expendable.
Nowitzki could be out the rest of the month.

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