by Marcel Mutoni

Of all the Amare Stoudemire trade rumors – and there have been a ton, with many more surely on the way – this one easily ranks as the most amusing. So, according to Newsday, Donnie Walsh and his people reached to out Steve Kerr and company, inquiring about STAT’s availability.

To the surprise of absolutely no one, the Suns weren’t willing to play ball:

“Count the Knicks out of the Amare Stoudemire Sweepstakes, which has become the buzz of the NBA leading into the All-Star break. According to multiple sources, among the many calls Phoenix Suns executive Steve Kerr fielded about the availability of Stoudemire, one came from Knicks president Donnie Walsh. But nothing came of it other than an understanding that the Suns would not send the 6-11 all-star forward/center to Mike D’Antoni’s Knicks.

“The sense was they wouldn’t do anything with New York,” one person with knowledge of the situation said.

Nice try, D’Antoni.

You don’t leave a franchise and expect to swipe their best player, too. That’s just not the way things work in this world, regardless of the team owner’s naked desperation to trade the guy.