Curry trade complete as Bulls, Knicks make five-player deal

Updated: October 4, 2005, 8:11 PM ET
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CHICAGO - Eddy Curry will be the heart of the New York Knicks' frontcourt.

After failing to reach agreement on a long-term contract with the Chicago Bulls due to an irregular heartbeat, Curry officially was traded to the New York Knicks on Tuesday in a five-player deal.

The Bulls also sent center Antonio Davis to the Knicks and received forwards Tim Thomas and Mike Sweetney, guard Jermaine Jackson, a future first-round pick and second-round picks in 2007 and 2009.

A restricted free agent, Curry and the Bulls could not reach an accord on a long-term deal due to his ventricular arrhythmia, which he was diagnosed with late last season. He missed the final 13 games and Chicago's first postseason visit in seven years.

Curry's condition prevented the Bulls from getting insurance on a multi-year deal and forced vice president John Paxson to request a DNA test to determine whether he was susceptible to a potentially fatal heart problem.

Curry, 22, refused to take the test, even though the Bulls guaranteed him $400,000 per year for the next 50 years even if the test showed a genetic heart condition.

"You can debate genetic testing 'til you're blue in the face," Paxson said Monday, when he announced Curry had been traded. "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."

The trade is conditional upon all players passing the physicals. The Knicks are not expected to ask Curry to take a DNA test.

Before trading Curry, the Bulls signed him to what is believed to be a six-year, $60 million deal that almost certainly will not be insured. He is expected to start at center for the Knicks, who began the offseason by signing 7-footer Jerome James to a five-year, $30 million contract.

Last season, the 6-11, 285-pound Curry averaged 16.1 points on 54 percent shooting with 5.4 rebounds in 63 games. The Chicago native finally showed the skills expected of him after he was selected out of high school with the fourth overall pick in the 2001 draft.

The Knicks also received the 6-10 Davis but are expected to waive him, which would allow him to return to the Bulls. Entering the final year of a five-year, $60 million contract, Davis averaged 7.0 points and 6.0 rebounds last season while serving as a mentor to Curry and Tyson Chandler, another young big man.

The Bulls get the 6-10 Thomas, a small forward who joins his fourth team. He averaged 12.0 points and 3.3 rebounds last season, his eighth in the NBA. He will make nearly $14 million this season in the final year of a six-year, $67 million contract.

The 6-8 Sweetney could be a long-term replacement for Curry. The ninth overall pick in the 2003 draft, the power forward averaged 8.4 points and 5.4 rebounds last season, earning playing time ahead of a handful of veterans.

Jackson is a journeyman who has averaged 2.2 points in parts of four seasons with four teams.

The Bulls also get a first-round pick from the Knicks next summer and the option to switch first-round picks in 2007.

This story is from ESPN.com's automated news wire. Wire index

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