Amare Stoudemire Talks About Trade Rumors, His Future and a Questionable Report
Amare Stoudemire may be leaving Phoenix. Or he may not be leaving
Phoenix. In an exclusive interview with Bright Side of the Sun he
revealed that he didn’t know for sure which would happen, leaving the
door open for either scenario.
That’s right, you heard it here first. Amare isn’t sure if he will or
will not be traded in the coming weeks. His lack of clarity on the
matter only gives more fuel to his critics who worry about Amare’s
inability to predict the future, something that has long plagued his
Stoudemire did have some interesting things to say about the time-line for a decision, where he would potentially want go, his thoughts on holding the cards to his future, and a report from this morning that linked him to "locker room tension".
On the possibility of being traded
Asked about a recent ESPN analysis (Insider) that put the chances of an Amare trade at "40 to 50 percent", the Phoenix Suns all-star center (in waiting) said this about those odds, "I’m not sure. It’s possible, same as it was last year. So like I’ve said before my agent is conversing a lot with the front office here (in Phoenix) and we are going to come up with a decision soon."
The conversation between the Suns and Amare’s representative is fairly straight forward and only the opening gambit to this process which has many steps as outlined in this convenient flow chart.
Amare still believes (as of this morning) that he is worthy of a max contract. Most other observers who have watched Amare over the course of his career question that based on his defensive liabilities and lack of franchise-level leadership presence.
Steve Kerr and the Suns have yet to tip their hand publicly but past signs point to a disconnect from the get-go. Kerr said last year that he feels only two or three players in the league were deserving of max contracts and listed Kobe, LeBron and Duncan (and not Amare).
That’s not to say an agreement can’t be reached. Both sides are negotiating and neither is going to show all their cards until they have to. But with the Feb 19 trade deadline approaching we should learn soon enough if there’s an agreement to be had on extending Amare’s tenure as a Phoenix Sun.
I put the chances of his staying at about 40 to 50 percent. I wonder what Amare would say to that?