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GM: Curry needs more tests to rule out health issues

DEERFIELD, Ill. -- The Chicago Bulls signed free agent
Darius Songaila to a two-year contract Friday that will reportedly
pay him $2.2 million next season.

Songaila spent two seasons with the Sacramento Kings, averaging
7.5 points and 4.2 rebounds last season.

The 6-foot-8 Songaila has an option for 2006-07, according to
the Chicago Sun-Times.

"He is the type of player and person we desire," Bulls general
manager John Paxson said. "His level of skill will strengthen our
already solid front line."

That front line includes the recently re-signed Tyson Chandler,
free-agent acquisition Malik Allen and perhaps Eddy Curry, who is
an unsigned restricted free agent.

Curry missed the final 13 games of the regular season and the
playoffs because of an irregular heartbeat. The Bulls have the
right to match any offer, but other teams have shown little
interest in Curry, who averaged 16.1 points and 5.4 rebounds.

Paxson said Curry must take more tests to rule out health issues
before he puts on a Bulls uniform.

"We've done everything in our power to be protective of Eddy,
show our concern and passion for him," Paxson said. "All we want
to do is get as many answers as we can get. It's coming to a point
where next week, there's going to be a decision made."

Curry's agent, Leon Rose, did not immediately return a message
seeking comment.


The Chicago Sun-Times reports that the team wants Curry to undergo DNA testing, determining whether Curry is genetically disposed to cardiomyopathy, a potentially fatal condition when combined with arrhythmia. Paxson believes the Bulls have a right to the test per the collective bargaining agreement, while an attorney representing Curry said that the test is not going to happen.

It's likely Curry will play play for the Bulls' $5.14 million qualifying offer and then become an unrestricted free agent next summer, the paper reports.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.