by Marcel Mutoni

Well, that was a big waste of time for everyone now, wasn’t it?

ESPN and The Arizona Republic both have reports out today claiming that the Phoenix Suns are no longer interested in trading away their star power forward. This, after weeks of breathless stories about which new city STAT was going to live and work in:

There are suddenly strong signals emanating from the desert that the coaching change announced Monday by the Phoenix Suns will be the only big personnel change they make this week.

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“I got the impression today that [the Suns] are standing pat,” said one source with knowledge of the team’s thinking. Said another source close to the situation: “That is very accurate.”

Fair enough.

So, the Suns are looking at it like a 31-game season — at breakneck pace! Now that Phoenix is supposedly keeping him, and bringing back their old offense, I wonder if they’ve dealt with Amare’s deep desire to be “the man”. Because they might want to look into that.