Monday, January 25th, 2010 at 9:00 am  |  86 responses

Amar’e Trade Watch Intensifying

by Marcel Mutoni / @marcel_mutoni

With the Trade Deadline now less than a month away, and Amar’e Stoudemire’s free agency this summer looming, the number of teams willing to play ball with management in Phoenix is reportedly growing.

Stoudemire’s days in Phoenix appear to be numbered (a situation that’s not exactlly new), and now it’s just a matter of trying to figure out which uniform he’ll be wearing next, and when.

The Arizona Republic takes a look at STAT’s possible future employers:

A league source said Golden State, Minnesota and Cleveland have shown interest in acquiring Suns power forward Amar’e Stoudemire.

Major hang-ups in a possible deal are the Suns’ need to get good value in return and the other team’s need to feel secure in knowing it has a chance to keep Stoudemire, who can opt out of his contract this summer.

Stoudemire has said he wants to play for a title contender but prefers to stay with the Suns, who met with his agent Thursday.

Stoudemire in Cleveland would be the most compelling case, but a pairing with Shaquille O’Neal has already failed spectacularly. And I don’t trust Mike Brown to figure out how to make the two co-exist on the court.

According to Yahoo!
, the number of teams blowing up Steve Kerr’s cell phone is even bigger: Chicago, Miami, Philly and New Jersey have all reportedly expressed interest in the star forward.

None of the reports seem to suggest that a deal is anywhere close to being done, and there’s a belief that Stoudemire would like to stay in Phoenix. But, where’s there’s smoke, there’s usually a bit of fire.

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  • Sizzle

    Send him to CLE

  • Joe

    Send him to the Nets, and let everybody see how bad he is, without Steve Nash spoon feeding him EVERYTHING. he is just a 6-10 jump shooter, with about a total of 1.5 post moves.

  • Buschfire

    send him to T dot we’ll give em Bosh

  • nastierthanu

    I won’t agree with the 1.5 post moves. He’s not exactly from the same mold of kenyon martin without jason kidd. He definately should watch himself. Nash is a hall of fame type cat so he’s gotta find a point that know what’s up. Houston would be a nice fit. I could see he and yao beastin

  • Soundproof

    He would fit it with the New Rockets.

  • Calvin

    If he lands in Cleveland, they are going down. (see what happened when shaq got traded to the suns)

  • http://www.slamonline.com T-Money

    I don’t trust Mike Brown to make it work, but I do trust Bron. And to be fair, STAT posted 21 ppg on 54% shooting last year and Shaq went for 17 on 60%+ shooting. I wouldn’t call the tandem a failure, the team certainly was though. At this point, I’m confident in Bron integrating just about anyone on his team. The same concerns were raised with Shaq last summer.

  • slamfan4life


    ROSE+AMARE=HOLY SHIT!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Hoodsnake

    New Jersey

  • baller23

    i agree with Joe..

  • Justin

    co-sign T-Money. Phoenix didn’t do well overall because Shaq wasn’t a good fit for the TEAM, not because he couldn’t play well beside Amare. Cleveland isn’t exactly the run and gun team that Phoenix is and I think it would be a great addition, probably having to give up the fro in Varejo (sp?) to get him.

  • http://theurbangriot.com/ NUPE

    Of the teams mentioned, only the Cavs are a real contender. I agree with T-Money that I trust Bron more than Brown to fit him in, and the Shaq/Stat tandem was far from a failure last season. The problem with this trade is what value do the Cavs have to offer? They can give em Z’s expiring contract and/or maybe Powe who hasn’t played or Hickson that has some moments of greatness but doesn’t seem to be developing into a star. Just another wait and see situation with Cleveland who keeps coming up with the trade talks but seem to just not follow through.

  • NJ4Life

    JERSEY BABY!! hopefully we can lock him up after his contract expires and then attract one of the big 2 this summer.

  • http://www.slamonline.com T-Money

    Cleveland is willing to offer expiring contracts, JJ and Boobie to anyone. So basically: cap relief, a prospect and a throw-in. Varejao is an untouchable at this point, his value to the Cavs is greater than his market value. He’s their glue guy and the 2nd-most important player on their team on some nights.

  • namik

    Man Cleveland is like never afraid to roll the dice. Which is surprising, because besides Bron, I don’t know who they can really offer, esp for someone like Amare.

  • tom

    cleveland is the only option so far cause its the only contender. but what can they give in return?

  • http://www.yahoo.com Logues

    i dont see how cavs would be able to do this.. i mean who they gonna trade him for? come to sota!

  • kev

    send him to clevland for hickson and delonte west

  • Sizzle

    It doesn’t matter who they have to offer any more, the league is turning into salary concerned trades/dumpings. If you think Amare would have trouble with LeBron then your an idiot. The athleticism would be unreal and it would force more teams to stop doubling LeBron because Amare has some actual range/consistency on his jumper, unlike Shaqtis who just clogs the middle. I wish this deal would happen.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    Kevin Martin, Jason Thompson and Kenny Thomas for Amar’e and Barbosa – Its the only trade that makes sense to both teams that i have figured for any team trying to acquire amar’e. anybody got any other realistic ideas?

  • neaorin

    I thought Amare wanted a bigger role. If you’re Cleveland are you really going to trade for him and have him start in place of Hickson – the only starter who doesn’t get any plays run for him?

  • http://hsjsg.com Jukai

    Amare in Cleveland would be unreal. Yeah, Amare as a superstar is most likely a product of Nash, but incase you forget, there is a pretty great passer in Cleveland. He would feed Amare all day.

  • TyMo

    I know Stat and Bron are pretty tight off the court so their chemistry wouldn’t be a problem. But you obviously sacrifice a lot on the defensive end with Stoudemire. And Phoenix is going to ask for a lot in return. While I don’t see this trade being made, it sure would be interesting.

  • matt the jazz fan

    Buschfire was kidding I guess/hope…

  • Wade County

    send him to Golden State so the Suns get Curry and Curry gets out of the black hole that is the Golden State Warriors. I want that kid to get a shot, and not be trapped in a hellish franchise.

  • http://www.slamonline.com T-Money

    Jukai: none of the star players in PHX are a product of Nash. None. They all enjoyed tremendous success before or after (or both!) playing with Nash. STAT was a 20-10 dude in his 2nd year. It was just natural progression. We always think of Nash helping STAT but STAT helped Nash too. How many guys in the league can catch pretty much anything in traffic and finish with contact on a regular basis?

  • http://slamonline.com d.j.

    trade him for shaq !

  • J-RO

    Send Amare and Frye to Philly for Brand and Dalembert.

  • http://www.realcavfans.com Anton

    Check My $TATs

  • http://fjkld.com Jukai

    T-Money: Well, since Amare was out an entire year and Nash’s assists only dropped .7, not sure how much Nash helped…
    but yeah, Amare was a 20-10 dude… then he was hit with two massive knee surgeries.
    We’ll see how well Amare can do without Nash feeding him those open 15-18 foot jumpers.

  • Preston

    Amare could be a nice fit for the soft Wizards if the wizards are willing to do a package deal that includes either Antawn Jamison or Caron Butler.

  • lucas

    Send him to Utah for Boozer….

  • Jose

    get rid of JO riley! Make STAT and FLASH happen!haha washihnto and G-St. seem like the top possibilities.oh man wat if he got traded 4 bynum or sumthin? holy SH*T that wuld suck!

  • Jose

    washington* my bad

  • Myles Stedman

    i don’t care where a’mare goes, along as he improves his game. i think he’s dropped abit since the dunk contests in 03′ an 05′. maybe it’s that he’s getting older, but i’d love to see old skool a’mare suceeding like he did back then.

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    Stop posturing about Nash. Amare is still super athletic and if you subsituted Deron Williams for Nash as his point guard, he’s still be putting up 20 and 9. Hell, put Jason Kidd as his point guard and he might do even better.
    Anyway, Amare doesn’t play defense and he’s spotting on the glass. I like NBK’s trade with Sacramento though. Tyreke and Amare would be ridiculous.

  • http://slamonline.com niQ

    d.j. beat me to it..

  • http://fjkld.com Jukai

    Allen: Of course if you substituted Deron Williams for Nash, Amare would be putting up 20 and 9!!! Of course if you put Jason Kidd in there, Amare would be putting up 20 and 9!
    If you put Chris Paul there, Amare may average 25!!!
    Just because I say “Steve Nash made someone” doesn’t mean that any point guard on Nash’s level can’t do the same.

  • http://myspace.com/showbread Bryan

    Amare couldn’t average 10 boards a game in the d league.

  • http://myspace.com/showbread Bryan

    Couldn’t is too strong because he could if he gave a damn. He wouldn’t average ten boards a game in the d leauge is more like it. Amare for Kevin Love would be ridiculous. No way Minny makes that deal even Amare signed a 10 year contract with them Love is more valuable than amare. Suck on that.

  • http://www.twitter.com/PDXGayBball dma

    send him to OKC for jeff green and watch green blow up as a primary option.

  • Jrooks

    He was a beast before nash got their or did you forget

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    this works but it would be too much for chicago to except
    Amar’e and J-Rich for Ty Thomas, Joakim, Luol, jerome james

    And too Utah, Boozer, Kirelinko, Brewer for Amar’e and Jrich

    (if it seems odd that i keep including richardson or barbosa, its because one of them must go. they cannot play on the same team, they are different versions of the same player, and both of them are struggling. in an amar’e trade since it won’t yield an equal worth big man, a good wing is almost certain to be involved).

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    Jrooks are you talking about when Marbury was there? because he was arguably the best point in the league that year

  • J-RO

    New Orleans anyone? For David West?

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    David West is 28, injured, and not a very good player outside shooting jumpshots and scoring in the post. If NOH got stoudemire for him it would be on the most lopsided trades of all time

  • http://www.slamonline.com T-Money

    One thing to keep in mind: Suns have history of swapping talent for cash. (Deng, Rondo and Iggy draft picks, O’Neal trade for nothing, letting JJ walk..) The owner is all about his pocket. STAT could be had for money. / Jukai: STAT is a 20 ppg dude regardless of who is the pg. Could be Nash, CP3, Chalmers or Earl Watson. He’s a freakin all-star. The knee surgeries haven’t affected his play one bit, you know this. The rebounding thing is unacceptable. He’s coasting at 9 rebs. / Anyways, if the Cavs get him, they’re almost a lock.

  • SeanJaye88

    Amare to Atl

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    The suns have never ever given up their best player or even on of their best players for cash. (unless you count kurt thomas hah) They gave up Deng, and Rondo (never ever had iggy idk what your talking about) before they ever played a game. there was no way to no HOW good they would be

  • http://JoshDrake Josh D

    this would be a gr8 trade 4 the heat

  • http://www.slamonline.com T-Money

    my bad on dre dala, i thought i read somewhere that that was phx’s pick. the fact remains that the owner routinely sells phx’s pick and they did let jj walk and got no value for shaq, just a salary dump. / on amare’s rebounding and defense. to be fair, he was never put in an environment that stressed working at that end of the court. if there is one thing mike brown can do it’s teach defense. mo williams was a liability in milwaukee and now he can at least not eff sh-t up and get exposed. defense is as much about culture than ability.

  • Royal

    At nbk- iggy played at Arizona in college ……… j/k

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    Cleveland has literally nobody to get for Stoudemire. Phx will not do the trade if it does not improve them in some way. and cleveland literally has nothing phx could want

  • kh

    Trade him to the Raptors for Reggie Evans. Please

  • http://www.slamonline.com T-Money

    nbk, the truth hurts but phx has been playing like doo-doo since their hot start and they DO trade for cash. read sheridan’s chat wrap. cap relief and prospects are very much on the table for STAT.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    T-Money so you believe an article in ESPN that you paid to view? You don’t think they just needed material to make you paying customers happy? Show me once ever that Phoenix has given away one of their top 3 players for cash? if not try top 5…….then when you realize they have never done that, re-examine your last comment. Phoenix is not gonna give up Amar’e for nothing. THe worst player the suns will get back for Amar’e will be Anthony Randolph, and that will be accompanied by a pick and/or more prospects. and thats the worst REALISTIC scenario

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    oh chat wrap my bad. either way, when have you ever seen anything chris sheridan has said go down?

  • http://www.slamonline.com T-Money

    shaq was one of your top 5 players. he was traded for cap relief. jj was one of your top 5 players, they let him walk.

  • Teddy-the-Bear

    nbk absolutely h@tes David West… I’m still not sure why.
    Anyways, it would be hilarious if Steve Kerr traded Amare to get Shaq back. Obviously its not going to happen, but man, imagine how angry Nash would be. If the Suns get rid of Amare for some cap space or some worse players, Steve Nash bolts.

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    Never is a strong word. What happened with Joe Johnson and Shaq was basically a salary dump and I wouldn’t be shocked to see it with Amare. But, for some reason I thought Amare was a free agent next season, which if true, would make it unlikely that the Suns would dump him ONLY for cash or cap space since he is coming off the books anyway if he walks. I would think they would be looking towards a young player with potential, a cheap draft pick and some sort of expiring vet deal so they don’t take on too much salary.
    I used to defend David West, but doesn’t even try on defense or on the glass. He needs to step it up.

  • http://myspace.com/weezyleezy337 GametimeWeezy

    Amare would make ANY point guard look good. And he would fit on ANY team. Suns are probably getting a trillion offers for him. Amare for Bynum is definately the scariest.

  • Brian

    Wouldn’t the Suns get cap relief just by hanging on to Stoudamire and letting him walk at the end of the year?

  • Anony Mous

    Whoever said ship him and Barbosa to Sac for Martin, Thompson and cap filler is pretty much my hero. Barbosa and Evans would work in the backcourt because they could switch positions on offense and defense; basically compliment each others weaknesses. The only thing I would rather see in that deal is Hawes be the one traded instead of Thompson. Phx could make Hawes an all-star (like Frye, only better), and Sacramento would benefit from the inside-outside from Thomp and STAT. Phx would probably want Thomp more though just because they have Frye. The deal would make both teams better, git’er dunn.

  • http://slamonline.com niQ

    Why does it seem like Cleveland is the new NY? And by that I mean every player who’s on the market they seem to be “interested” in. lol

  • theyhr88

    Man, who DOESN’T Cleveland want? Amar’e is way overrated. Doesn’t rebound, which is mainly what a center should be doing, and he wouldn’t be able to score either if Stevie Nash wasn’t giving him 10 dimes a game. Personally I’d rather see Bosh in Miami next year than STAT.

  • rob

    Amar’e is a bit overrated, but he’s not THAT bad. As a C he sucks, but as a PF he’s ok. He would be a good fit for NJ. Brook and Amar’e together would give the Nets a lot of punch.

  • Teddy-the-Bear

    Amare is not just okay at Power Forward, he’s great. Just because his defense sucks doesn’t make him a bad player. Charles Barkley absolutely sucked at defense… Just saying.
    I think people are forgetting the STAT who nearly averaged 40 ppg in the playoffs that one year…

  • Teddy-the-Bear

    In a series, sorry, not the entire playoffs.

  • Teddy-the-Bear

    Also, for a guy who gets nailed by the media/fans for poor rebounding, his career average is 8.9 boards per game. Hardly scrub numbers. And in the playoffs he elevates his game, averaging 25 ppg and 10 rpg his career in the postseason.
    A lot of you guys’ complaints are ridiculous, actually.

  • http://www.digitalthread.com AlbertBarr

    I AM FOR THE AMARE ON THE KINGS IDEA. sorry for yelling. But I would like to keep JT and get rid of Hawes. Unrealistic, most likely, but still…except that…I dont know if amare would stay past this year so, maybe not such a good idea.

  • BostonBaller

    It does help having a future HOFer feeding you the ball but great PG’s have to have someone who can catch and finish also.. two sides to ever coin folks.

  • wilz

    no ball mutoni!
    a bit of fire…either theres fire or there’s not…no co!pping out

  • reaper

    go to CHI, DRose and STAT, Trade Salmons, Pargo and the rook Johnson or Big Brad

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    The problem with Amar’e is the 20 minute stretches where he absolutely disappears. He is nowhere to be found on offense or defense. Thats the difference between him and a genuine franchise player. If Dwyane Wade, LeBron, Kobe or any other franchise player is having a hard time scoring they will find another way to impact the game. Amar’e only impacts the game after he is in a scoring rhythm. And as a suns fan, post-shawn marion this is the most frustrating part of watching the team play. (defensive weakness is an afterthought, i don’t even react to it anymore)

  • http://myspace.com/weezyleezy337 GametimeWeezy

    yea nbk if thats your team then i tottaly respect your opinion. kobe, lebron, dwade, and melo are in a class by themselves. power forward/centers can disappear cuz they cant control the rock. i drafted amare 2 years in a row with a late first round pick in my fantasy league and his numbers are great…especially fg %. numbers can b misleading i guess but i think amare is a stud at the pf position.

  • http://myspace.com/weezyleezy337 GametimeWeezy

    i mean really whats the diff between 8.5 rpg and 10 rpg if you’re shooting .540% and not getting that ONE offensive rebound per game someone else might get cuz they blow a layup. i mean defensively he’s the best rebounder on the team. its kinda hard to expect him to do much more. he’s a force.

  • J

    it’s not that i don’t want Amare. its just that he’s a free agent next summer… who knows if he will bolt or not. do we have the guarantee that he will sign to the cavs after his current contract? I’m still hoping for David West or Jamison at best.

  • Teddy-the-Bear

    Good point about the rebounding, Gametime.

  • http://www.realcavsfans.com Anton

    @J: Amare is not gonna happen, David West is a pipe dream since the Hornets cleared enough salary already. Jamison or bust!

  • http://jayemmbee.blogspot.com ClutchPerformer

    @ buschfire, are you nuts bosh for amare? we dont want another VC to NJ screw over. this is not as bad but Bosh value is more than Amare, and as other said unlike amare Bosh doesnt need nash to sppon feed him his points, he can get his own, and your gonna trade your franchise for a non franchise? yeah how dumb is that

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    @gametimeweezy – i didn’t say he disappears on offense only. he disappears everywhere. (considering how little he does anyway on defense, its like hes half there to begin w/) he stops rebounding, helping protect the rim. he stops setting real picks. he just disappears. if your playing with steve nash and you get open you will get the ball. its not like he plays on a team that gets in a repetitive set, iso’ing the same player over and over again.

  • therighttoremainsalient

    Players I would happily see in replacement of Amar`e Stoudemire:
    x Carlos Boozer
    x Al Harrington
    x David Lee
    x LeMarcus Aldridge (+ Fernandez if Suns throw in Leandro)
    x Josh Smith

  • therighttoremainsalient


    AL HARRINGTON AND RAMON SESSIONS FOR AMARE’ MAKE IT HAPPEN KERR!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • http://slamonline.com nbk


  • http://myspace.com/weezyleezy337 GametimeWeezy

    nbk…nope im totally on your side lol. Thru his last six games, his rebound totals are as follows: 5, 5, 5, 7, 9, 7…and tonite at the beginning of the 4th qtr…2 rebounds…nope not gonna cut it. But this also coincides with Robin Lopez steppin it up as a starter. Of course these are only fantasy stats. Im not gonna give up on him. But you probably watch more Suns games then me.

  • http://www.fantasticfansite.com Fontaine

    Send D Lee and Jeffries to Phoenix for Amare. Then get Bron next yr in New Yitty w/ Joe Johnson. Its a wrap.