Sources: Eddy Curry to join Heat

MIAMI -- Eddy Curry is getting another chance.

The Miami Heat will sign Curry on Friday in time for training camp, sources told ESPN.com.

The Heat, who are in the market for help at the center position, have been monitoring Curry for months and considered signing him at one point last season. Curry has maintained a relationship with LeBron James for several years and has been focused on getting ready for Heat training camp all summer and fall, sources said.

Curry has only played 10 games over the last three years, as he's battled various injuries and weight issues. He did not play in the league last season, though he was traded from the New York Knicks to the Minnesota Timberwolves as part of the Carmelo Anthony deal.

In his last full season, 2007-08, Curry averaged 13.2 points and 4.7 rebounds in 59 games for the Knicks. He's been a controversial player because of his struggles after signing a $60 million deal with New York in 2005.

Earlier Thursday, the Heat got a commitment from free agent wing Shane Battier, which will likely be their big free agent move of the year.

Brian Windhorst is an NBA writer for ESPN.com.