Stoudemire eyeing his future

Sam Amick

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.

Lately, teams are just trying to stop the 27-year-old who has averaged 27.8 points and 12.3 rebounds in his past four games. It’s a big turnaround from his lackluster play in late January.

While many league executives expected Stoudemire to become a free agent this summer, he said recently he might play out the final season of his contract. He has an early termination option for the 2010-11 campaign but will be paid $17.7 million if he doesn’t exercise it.

Yet money, Stoudemire insists, won’t be the determining factor whenever he does become a free agent.

"What’s most important for me is really trying to win a championship," he said. "Getting to the playoffs is fine, going to the second round of the playoffs is fine, but you want to ultimately win a championship. Whatever best fit that situation is will be the best situation for me."

Philadelphia reportedly is interested in trading for Stoudemire with a deal likely to include 76ers forward Andre Iguodala.

Asked if he would consider re-signing in Sacramento if the Kings traded for him, Stoudemire shrugged and said, "Like I said before, man, the main objective here is to win a championship sooner rather than later, so that’s my goal."

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