A compilation of blogger reactions to the Curry trade:
(I'll start with the best in the business)
They score at about the same rate, although Curry's usage rate is higher. That could be because the offensively challenged Bulls leaned on Eddy, while the Knicks never featured Sweetney in the half court set. The turnover numbers and foul numbers are close enough to even out. However despite giving up 3 inches and 10 pounds, Sweetney's rebounding numbers puts Curry to shame.
While I have no illusions that Sweetney would be enshrined in Springfield, he'll be an above average starting power forward in this league. Additionally, the supposedly still rebuilding Knicks have given up some future considerations in the form of draft picks. Meanwhile, the Knicks will pay Curry $60M over 6 years. I usually don't like to deal in hypotheticals, but it's logical to assume the Knicks could have gotten Sweetney to sign for half that. Sweetney would have given the Knicks about the same amount of production (albeit at a different position) for half the price & New York wouldn't have to worry if his heart will hold up under the Gotham media."
Eddy Curry makes the Knicks much better. I really believe that. For the first time, I see some method to the Isiah Thomas madness. And don't ask about the salary cap, because, Knick fans, they're off into the stratosphere essentially forever."
In this deal, the Bulls further built their team into the new image of the NBA, a quick athletic team without your traditional center.
Sure, there will be many people that are against this trade because they remember the Eddy they want to remember, and not the real Eddy. They won't remember the Eddy that passed the ball out of the double team to the wide open defender. They won't remember the Eddy that did not know how to jump to rebound. They won't remember the Eddy that could not stop a midget from scoring in the paint. They will remember the Eddy that looked unstoppable offensively instead, and blame Paxson for sending him away. Let the dopes think that, while the rest of the world will know the Bulls made the right move."
This will hurt the Bull offense, but I think they can overcome it with Deng being healthy for longer, the addition of Thomas (helps prevent Nocioni's regular season efforts) and the addition of Songaila. Sweetney can score too, but Curry is better at that aspect of the game, so it's a wash. I think the Bulls will be even better after this deal. I applaud Paxson for this move. Maybe they can get into the second round this year."
Personally, I'd rather have that money to burn on a free agent stud next year than to break the bank now for a player (Curry) who has heart problems both figuratively and literally."