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Curry missed end of season due to irregular heartbeat

CHICAGO -- The Chicago Bulls say they have received
"terrific news" about center Eddy Curry, who was sidelined during
the season because of an irregular heartbeat.

The statement from general manager John Paxson on Thursday did
not give specifics or details, but said Dr. David Cannom's
"positive report is terrific news for Eddy." Paxson did not
return calls for comment from The Associated Press.

The 22-year-old Curry missed the final 13 games of the regular
season and the playoffs after experiencing an irregular heartbeat,
and his status is a key issue for the Bulls this summer.

"Our goal has not changed from day one and that is to ensure
Eddy's long-term health as our number one priority," Paxson said
in the statement.

Cannom, director of cardiology at Good Samaritan Hospital in Los
Angeles, concluded Curry's condition is not life-threatening after
reviewing pictures of his heart and test results last week, the
Chicago Tribune reported Thursday, citing anonymous sources.

Curry's agent, Leon Rose, did not return calls to the AP.

Curry is a restricted free agent, meaning the Bulls can match
any offer he receives on the open market.

In his fourth season, Curry led the team in scoring at 16.1
points per game and averaged 5.4 rebounds, helping the Bulls reach
the playoffs for the first time since 1998. He was among the
youngsters dubbed the "Baby Bulls" after being drafted out of
high school with the fourth pick in 2001. The 6-foot-11 Curry has
averaged 11.8 points and 4.9 rebounds for his career.