Phoenix Suns forward Amar'e Stoudemire says he'd pick a winner when co

BY Matt Gagne

There is a fine line between teams helping and hurting themselves, a
balancing act between planning for great things and sacrificing

Call it a case study of the Knicks and Nets.

While both teams have made their intentions clear – hoping to create enough room under the salary cap and land a top-tier free agent next summer – their plans may ultimately backfire and send the best available players looking elsewhere.

"I’m pretty sure the guys who are looking…from the free-agency standpoint want to get better, they want to win a championship," said Amar’e Stoudemire, the Phoenix Suns forward who can opt out of his contract at season’s end and join the free-agent class that may include LeBron James and Dwyane Wade. "Speaking for myself, I definitely want to win a championship, that’s the ultimate goal."

Averaging nearly 20 points and seven rebounds a game, Stoudemire has returned from last season’s freak eye injury to help lead the Suns to a 14-3 record entering Tuesday night, which was the NBA’s best before Phoenix lost to the Knicks at the Garden. So why would someone such as Stoudemire, who has a player option worth nearly $18million with the Suns next year, consider joining the Knicks?

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