Category Archives: Amare Stoudemire Rumors
There was more to what Amar’e Stoudemire said Friday than what was
included in Friday’s article. Out of a 35-minute media session, the
rest of the conversation was as scattered as the trade rumors about him.
Here are more of Stoudemire’s words, pertinent or not.
Reports have linked Suns forward Amare Stoudemire to seven teams, and the Heat is one of the contenders.
BY MICHAEL WALLACE
DALLAS — With the trade deadline a week away and speculation swirling
around him like a tornado, Phoenix Suns forward Amare Stoudemire has
experienced feelings from confusion to betrayal to anger to resignation.
On Friday, Stoudemire felt something new during the media session for Sunday’s All-Star Game.
Brian Windhorst, The Plain Dealer
At the moment, All-Star Weekend is turning into an elaborate game of Spy vs. Spy.
The amount of information and disinformation flying around is at a
fever pitch as teams jostle for position in escalating trade talks. The
Cavaliers, as would be expected, are right in the middle of it.
By Mark J. Miller
Amar’e StoudemireJust a few weeks ago, everybody seemed pretty set on
the idea that Phoenix Suns forward Amar’e Stoudemire(notes) would opt
out of his contract this summer and join the star-studded free-agent
class of 2010. So the Suns began to try and trade the fella, figuring
they should get some value back in the process of losing such a talent.
On this final march to the Feb. 18 NBA trade deadline, there is no
imminent Amar’e Stoudemire trade, but a deal with major franchise
implications remains quite possible.
The Suns’ most frequently mentioned potential trade partners are Cleveland and Philadelphia.
Amar’e Stoudemire should be content if he’s playing at all after the Feb. 18 trade deadline, never mind for which team.
That was a terrible date for the Phoenix forward last season, as he was
poked in the eye during a game against the Clippers and would require
season-ending surgery to repair his retina. It was an anticlimactic end
to his hectic trade season, as the Suns strongly considered moving him
then, just as they are now.
Perhaps the biggest question coming up to the Feb. 18 trading deadline
is the fate of Amar’e Stoudemire and where he ends up. I’ve got at
least one interesting possibility.
First, how much can you offer for a guy who still could opt out? Though
Stoudemire could opt in as Carlos Boozer did this season for $17.68
million. It is considered unlikely given the expected new collective
bargaining agreement after the summer of 2011 (hopefully), which should
mean, at least, shorter contracts and perhaps reduced maximums. So most
everyone figures to try to get in under the wire this summer.
Peter Vecsey has been the Post’s NBA columnist since 1976. Inducted
into the New York City Basketball Hall of Fame, at Holcombe Rucker he
coached two championships in the early ’70s (Julius Erving, Charlie
Scott, Billy Paultz, Joe DePre, Ollie Taylor) and two more in the early
’80s (Louis Orr, Sam Worthen). A graduate of Archbishop Molloy High
School, Peter spent two years in the Army (1965-67) as a member of the
Airborne and Special Forces.
If it’s true the Cavaliers are interested in acquiring Amar’e
Stoudemire, e-mails Rasheed McCorvey, “they must have forgotten how
stifled he felt playing alongside Shaq.”
You can tell the end of a relationship is near when there are no more
denials, and the Phoenix Suns-Amare Stoudemire relationship has definitely
reached the truth-telling stage.
Suns general manager Steve Kerr doesn’t try to shoot down the rampant
trade rumors about Stoudemire, nor does Stoudemire sing a nostalgic
song about wanting to play his entire career in a Suns uniform.
During training camp, Suns assistant coach Bill Cartwright talked about
a need for the team’s stars – Steve Nash, Jason Richardson and Amar’e
Stoudemire – to play like stars this season.
Nash often is brilliant offensively, although the burden of being the
team’s only playmaker is draining. In crunch time of Tuesday’s loss to
Charlotte, seven consecutive possessions ended in his hands, with more
failure than success. He is committing more turnovers than ever and
deep team-defense problems start at the top with him.