NBA Rumors and News – August 26, 2009

Stoudemire hints at leaving Suns


Plenty of summer activities
Stoudemire hints at leaving Suns

If 300 colorful letters arrive at the Suns office soon, imploring the Suns to keep Amaré Stoudemire, the impetus came Tuesday at Martin Luther King Jr. Elementary School.

In a lengthy lecture to the school’s 300 children about education, Stoudemire mentioned he might be in Phoenix only one more year. State representative
Cloves Campbell Jr. then urged the kids to write the Suns about the need to keep Stoudemire, saying: "I don’t care if you write in crayon. We’re getting those letters to the Suns."

After his talk, Stoudemire reflected on his statement about leaving next year – he could choose to become a free agent by opting out of his final contract year.

"This might be my farewell tour, huh?" Stoudemire said. "If so, I’m going out with a bang, baby."

Stoudemire has been working out at US Airways Center
, moving to the court last week as he progresses from a torn retina in his right eye.

After lingering fluid was removed from the eye July 10, Stoudemire spent 22 hours a day face down for 10 days. It forced him to reflect and re-examine.


At a Waldorf Astoria eatery Wednesday night, Knicks forward Al Harrington admits he is starving. But he will pass on the beer and the stuffed cold-cut sandwich. He orders a simple diet coke with tomato soup.

In two weeks, Harrington will pose shirtless for an underwear ad. But that is not the reason for the light meal, the two-a-day workouts in mid-July, and the runs on Coney Island’s beach.

Harrington’s first Knicks season was a hodgepodge. He was the team’s leading scorer (20.7 points per game) but not their leading man. For three-quarters, the 6-foot-9 Elizabeth, N.J., native often was an unstoppable scoring force. When the fourth quarter hit, game on the line, Harrington often disappeared.

"That’s why I’m training so hard, two-a-days in midsummer," Harrington told The Post. "I usually don’t do that. Two weeks after the season, I hit Coney Island. This year, I want to be a better finisher."

It was the theme of last season. No finisher.

Plenty of summer activities

Last year, the Celtics and James Posey turned free agency negotiations into a waiting game. Posey’s patience paid off when he received a four-year contract from the New Orleans Hornets. But neither the Celtics nor Posey attained their goal – winning an NBA championship.

The Celtics took an aggressive approach this offseason, signing Rasheed Wallace within a week after the start of free agent season, then obtaining a commitment from Indiana guard Marquis Daniels.

Several pieces are falling into place in Indiana, which could clarify how Daniels becomes a Celtic, one of them being if Jamaal Tinsley clears waivers Wednesday. The Pacers are in the midst of restructuring, and the departure of Tinsley means none of the Indiana players involved in a 2004 brawl involving the Pistons and fans will be on the Pacer roster.

Indiana also decided not to match Toronto’s offer for guard Jarrett Jack (four years, $20 million). The Pacers added guard Dahntay Jones from Denver (four years, $11 million) and their next target appears to be Dallas center Ryan Hollins. The Pacers have been proactive in the market and, once their roster is settled, they should be able to conclude the Daniels deal.

Unless a sign-and-trade can be worked out, Daniels will receive the biannual salary cap exception contract, worth nearly $2 million. The Celtics apparently are willing to part with Tony Allen, who is in the last year of his contract and could fill a backup role with the Pacers.–+Boston+Celtics+news

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