Grizzlies say Curry won't be in their den

Updated: October 2, 2005, 4:57 PM ET
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Memphis Grizzlies: Restricted free agent Eddy Curry won't be playing for the Grizzlies, according to the Commercial Appeal of Memphis.

The newspaper reported that Memphis is not one of the several teams reportedly interested in a sign-and-trade deal for Curry, according to team president Jerry West.

Chicago newspapers routinely mention Memphis as a possible destination for Curry, the Bulls' center who wants a large contract and freedom to play despite a heart condition that could be hypertrophic cardiomyopathy or potentially fatal.

West confirmed Saturday that the Grizzlies have not spoken to the Bulls about acquiring Curry in almost a year. The Grizz last attempted to secure Curry's services when former coach Hubie Brown wanted to use Jason Williams, Bonzi Wells and James Posey as trade bait.

The only major acquisition the Grizz will make soon involves Elliot Perry and even that won't affect wins and losses, the newspaper said.

Milwaukee Bucks: The team signed forward Josh Davis to a free-agent contract, general manager Larry Harris said Sunday.

The 6-foot-8 Davis played 42 games with the Philadelphia 76ers last season, averaging 2.8 points and 1.9 rebounds per game.

The 25-year-old Davis was with the Idaho Stampede during the 2003-04 regular season after 10 days with the Atlanta Hawks. He finished the season as the CBA's most valuable player, averaging 18.7 points and 9.6 rebounds in 40 games.

Phoenix Suns: The team officially gets back to work Monday with a weeklong training camp, but forward Amare Stoudemire never really stopped working this summer.

"I'm ready to go," Stoudemire told the Arizona Republic. "I'm really trying to win a championship this year. That's what I'm striving for. There are a lot of new guys and there have been some huge changes, but I think it's all for the best to help this team become a champion. That's what it is all about."

Stoudemire committed himself, whether it was occasional trips to America West Arena for workouts with Suns athletic trainers, or asking Phoenix assistant coach Phil Weber to come to Orlando for five days so he could continue the basketball development they did at the arena, the Republic said.

"His mindset is about as good as it gets," Weber said. "Because of how good he is, some other factors came up this summer that other people don't have to worry about. He did whatever I asked for as long as I asked. He just wants to be the best player he can be."

Suns power forward Brian Grant, signed this summer, carries the best perspective for Stoudemire's development as a former foe. He knew every scouting report on Stoudemire said to force him left. When he did that during one of last month's voluntary workout games, Stoudemire blew by him, the Republic said.

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