Pistons swap Curry for Raptors’ Hunter
DETROIT ? The Detroit Pistons traded Michael Curry to the Toronto Raptors for Lindsey Hunter Thursday.
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, will give Detroit depth at point guard.
Hunter played in just 29 games last season because of an assortment of injuries, averaging 9.7 points and 2.4 assists. He missed 11 games because of a sore right knee, three because of a strained hamstring and 39 because of a sore back.
The 32-year-old 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 defensive specialist, started 77 games last season, averaging 3.0 points and 1.6 rebounds. The 35-year-old shared time at small forward with Tayshaun Prince and Corliss Williamson. Prince’s emergence during the playoffs meant Curry was expendable.
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.”