Cleveland Cavaliers intensify trade talks for Phoenix Suns All-Star Amare Stoude
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.
According to multiple sources, over the past few days the Cavs have had advancing talks with the Phoenix Suns about All-Star forward Amar’e Stoudemire. It is not the only player they have interest in — there are still long-term-target forwards Antawn Jamison of Washington and Troy Murphy of the Pacers out there — but it seems the Cavs are focusing on Stoudemire.
Cavs General Manager Danny Ferry and Suns General Manager Steve Kerr, former teammates and friends who already have collaborated on a big deal to bring center Shaquille O’Neal to Cleveland, met Friday afternoon in Dallas. Suns owner Robert Sarver and Cavs owner Dan Gilbert also are in town and are on the labor relations committee that met.
Stoudemire has the option to become a free agent after this season, which has led the Suns to explore trade options for him. Also, there is a way to structure a trade between the teams that could put the fiscally sensitive Suns under the luxury-tax threshold, which would be a major motivating factor in the deal.
Also a subject of trade rumors last season, Stoudemire was trying to ignore the stories on Friday.
"I understand it is a business and I never get too riled up or out of control with rumors being spread," said Stoudemire, who is averaging 21.2 points and 8.6 rebounds per game for the Suns.
"We’ve won five out of our last six despite all the trade talk."
The Cavs, sources said, still are leaving other options open. With every GM, owner and numerous agents in town, there are rumors and smokescreens everywhere. Friday morning, for example, a rumor from Yahoo Sports! popped up that linked the Boston Celtics to the Washington Wizards in a deal for Wizards forward Caron Butler and Jamison.