Monday, January 25, 2010

NBA Rumor update: Suns seeking Amare trade?

SOURCE: HOOPSHYPE.COM

After recent discussions with Amar’e Stoudemire’s agent that didn’t appear to destine a contract extension, the Phoenix Suns have increased their efforts to trade the All-Star forward, league sources told Yahoo! Sports on Sunday night. Yahoo! Sports

The Chicago Bulls, Miami Heat, Philadelphia 76ers and New Jersey Nets are among multiple teams that have a strong interest in Stoudemire, sources say. Yahoo! Sports

A league source said Golden State, Minnesota and Cleveland have shown interest in acquiring Suns power forward Amar'e Stoudemire. Major hang-ups in a possible deal are the Suns' need to get good value in return and the other team's need to feel secure in knowing it has a chance to keep Stoudemire, who can opt out of his contract this summer. Stoudemire has said he wants to play for a title contender but prefers to stay with the Suns, who met with his agent Thursday. Arizona Republic

The mere mention of trade interest in Amar'e Stoudemire stirs thoughts of what could happen between now and Feb. 18, the NBA trade deadline. This note made mention that Minnesota, Golden State and Cleveland are showing interest in trading for Stoudemire. Surely, there are other teams too and quite possibly this is just the usual due diligence that goes on when a player of Stoudemire's caliber is known to be available because of his opt-out situation this summer. Arizona Republic

As they did when shopping Stoudemire last season, the Suns want a combination of young talent, salary-cap relief and draft picks for him. Some teams are hesitant to trade for Stoudemire for fear he won’t want to re-sign with them this summer. The Minnesota Timberwolves lead that group of teams, sources say. The Wolves are mostly eyeing small forwards, including the Memphis Grizzlies’ Rudy Gay, the Bulls’ Luol Deng and the Washington Wizards’ Caron Butler. No one is untouchable on the Wolves roster, sources say. Yahoo! Sports

I had not heard the Cavs have discussed trading for Stoudemire, but league sources have said the Suns are quite worried that Stoudemire plans to leave via free agency next summer and have been looking for a commitment from him now. If they can't get it, a source told me last week, they will press ahead looking to make a deal before next month's deadline. Cleveland Plain Dealer

Marcus Thompson: Warriors want a big man bad. But I don't think GM Larry Riley is ready to give up pieces for a guy who wouldn't sign long term. Twitter.com
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Suns general manager Steve Kerr met with Stoudemire’s agent, Happy Walters, on Thursday, and league sources say there was little sense an agreement could be reached before the trade deadline. With Stoudemire able to opt out of the final $17.7 million season of his contract, the Suns don’t want to risk losing him for nothing in free agency this summer. Yahoo! Sports

Stoudemire has been inclined to use Pau Gasol’s three-year, $57 million contract extension as a parameter for negotiations, and more than one league executive believes that circumstances will result in Stoudemire getting richly rewarded this summer. Yahoo! Sports

“Someone will pay him the max – or very close,” one Western Conference executive predicted. Yahoo! Sports

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