Pistons trade Curry for Hunter

DETROIT -- The Detroit Pistons traded Michael Curry to the
Toronto Raptors for Lindsey Hunter on Thursday in a move that will give
Detroit more depth at point guard.

Curry started at small forward last season for Detroit, which
had the best regular-season record in the Eastern Conference.
Hunter, a former draft pick of the Pistons, joins point guards
Chauncey Billups and Chucky Atkins with Detroit.

Hunter played in only 29 games last season because of an
assortment of injuries, averaging 9.7 points and 2.4 assists. He
missed 11 games with a sore right knee, three with a strained
hamstring and 39 with a sore back.

Hunter, 32, spent the first seven seasons of his 10-year
career in Detroit.

"We're very comfortable with Lindsey after having him play here
in the past," Detroit's president of basketball operations Joe
Dumars said. "We know what type of energy and effort he brings to
the game."

Curry, a 35-year-old defensive specialist, started 77 games last season,
averaging 3.0 points and 1.6 rebounds. He shared time
at small forward with Tayshaun Prince and Corliss Williamson.

Curry has one year and $2.8 million left on his contract. Hunter has one season and $3.3 million -- $2 million guaranteed -- left on his.

Prince's emergence during the playoffs meant Curry was
expendable, and Hunter's return to Detroit may make Atkins

Curry is a favorite of new Raptors coach Kevin O'Neill, who
served as an assistant in Detroit the past two seasons.

"He knows that I believe in his system," Curry said. "I can
sell the guys on his system. I'm here to help with that as well as
the things I can help with on the court."

The Pistons have decided not to bring back their three oldest
players from last season: Curry, Clifford Robinson and Jon Barry.

Dumars traded Robinson, a 14-year veteran, to Golden State last
week for Bob Sura, an eight-year veteran. He also allowed Barry, an
11-year-veteran, to sign with Denver as a free agent.

"I knew that there was a chance some of the older guys wouldn't
be there," Curry said. "I think Joe Dumars wants to bring in a
lot of young guys and get started with the older guys being maybe
28 years old. He's started a good base.

"He rolls the dice with that, but he's rolled the dice before
and he's had some success."