Thursday, February 4th, 2010 at 9:00 am  |  30 responses

Amar’e Considers Opting-in, Not Out

by Marcel Mutoni / @marcel_mutoni

For months, the man has gleefully and openly contemplated playing in a uniform other than Phoenix Suns one. At times, it’s seemed as though he could hardly wait to become an unrestricted free agent this summer, so he could get as far away from Phoenix as possible.

Now, for reasons unknown to anyone but himself, Amar’e Stoudemire is saying that remaining a Phoenix Sun wouldn’t be the worst thing in the world.

FanHouse and Yahoo! caught up with STAT to get a read on his current state of mind:

“I can opt out this summer or I can opt in, which means I’ll be back another year (for $17.69 million),” said Stoudemire, speaking after the morning shootaround in preparation for Wednesday night’s game against Denver. “That’s definitely an option. I’m leaning more toward that right now. Maybe opting in. … (That would be to) buy time. See how we do. … I think we got our game back on track. A three-game winning streak.”

If Stoudemire indeed wants to stay, that could reduce the chances of the Suns dealing him by the Feb. 18 trade deadline. Stoudemire, making $16.38 million this season, believes the chances of him being moved are “50-50.”

The Suns are also assessing their options with their All-Star forward. NBA sources say the team is expected to make another contract extension offer to Stoudemire before the All-Star break, though it remains to be seen whether the Suns’ offer will approach the three-year, $57 million extension Los Angeles Lakers forward Pau Gasol received earlier this season.

Now, whether or not this actually changes anything for Stoudemire and the Suns (who may still trade him before the Feb. 18th deadline) is anyone’s guess. And who knows, he might change his mind once again between now and July 1st about life as a Phoenix Sun.

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  • BackInBlack

    he should do like all the others and stop talking about the 2010 offseason

  • bnets

    Nets will grab him

  • http://www.bluefont.com Hisham

    he knows he’s not gonna get the max after this season. may as well collect another 18 mil and see where the economy goes in 2011

  • http://www.bluefont.com Hisham

    he knows he’s not gonna get the max. Might as well collect another 18 mil and see how the economy is doing in 2011 (sorry if this double posts)

  • T-Money

    apparently, the philly deal is off if he doesn’t guarantee that he’ll opt out. my guess: he opts in with the quickness. nobody is really trying to give 17 mil to a PF who averages 8 boards a game, plays no defense and has a me-first attitude.

  • God Shamgod

    Exactly. He is a good player, but the way bosh is playing right now it’s a night and day difference.

  • http://myspace.com/rsaenz24 RoG23

    He belongs in hou. Trade him for tmac!

  • AllenI

    I think the wizards would pay him. I think whoever gets the short end of the LeBron/Wade/Bosh sweepstakes will pay him. Chicago might even be willing to pay him.

    If he opts in it will only be so he won’t have to compete with the likes of LeBron and Wade for a max contract.

  • LA Huey

    Either Miami or NY will pay him if they can’t get Bosh. Better opt-out. Never know what the next CBA will bring…

  • http://www.slamonline.com/ niQ

    Trade him for SHAQ!

  • ClydeSays

    I can’t see him getting a max contract, but GM’s have made bigger mistakes.

    He’s developed a reliable jumper, but his defense is poor and he’s got a history of injuries.

  • http://www.stonesthrow.com/madlib Michael NZ

    Eff’n defense-less drama queen.

  • http://www.stonesthrow.com/madlib Michael NZ

    If you’re a team paying Stoudemire the max then you’re a team going nowhere fast.

  • http://www.slamonline.com barnabusb

    He needs to call up Shawn Marion for advice about not playing in Phoenix.

  • http://www.boogiewilliams.com Boing Dynasty

    He Should opt in the way Bosh is playing, him and the Raptors are definitely gonna surprise this second half of the season.

  • http://www.stonesthrow.com/madlib Michael NZ

    @barnabusb: and then he can ask Shawn about how awesome your career can be without being spoon-fed by Nash.

  • T-Money

    Matrix was doing damage before Nash got there. STAT was 20-10 in his 2nd year with a shoot-first (and second) point guard. I’m not a fan of STAT but Nash did not make him, that’s just incorrect.

  • http://www.stonesthrow.com/madlib Michael NZ

    Didn’t say Nash ‘made him’. I implied that Nash improved his (and Marions) game, took his offensive game to another level and that, perhaps, he won’t know what he’s got til its gone (again, like Marion).

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    Heed my advice, back away from that fight. You and I know what’s up, some folks will never listen.
    Marion’s 20-10 with Nash was the same 20-10 he put up without Nash. Peruse the stats for yourself, look at the shooting percentages.

  • http://www.stonesthrow.com/madlib Michael NZ

    Marions FG% pre Nash: 46%, 45% & 44%.
    Marion’s FG% with Nash: 47%, 52% & 52%.

  • Teddy-the-Bear

    Comparing Amare Stoudemire to Shawn Marion is just ridiculous, Michael. Amare was a beast before Nash came to Phoenix, and he’s already more skilled than Marion ever was. Not a good comparison.

  • http://www.stonesthrow.com/madlib Michael NZ

    Amares FG% pre Nash: 47.5%
    Amares FG% with Nash: ranging between 54 and 59%.

  • Teddy-the-Bear

    More skilled Offensively.

  • http://www.stonesthrow.com/madlib Michael NZ

    @Teddy… I know! I’m not straight up comparing them just saying they benefited from having Nash as their PG and would realise this should they leave PHX (as Marion has). Thought this was common knowledge. Never said Amare wasn’t a beast before Nash. He was. *confused by backlash*.

  • LA Huey

    Amare doesn’t really care about perception. He’s like Boozer; his services go to the highest bidder.

  • rob

    Amare doesn’t defend and doesn’t get rebounds. If you have a PF who does’t do that, you need a SF like Gerald Wallace, so probably he could be a good fit for the Bobcats, but they can’t pay what he’s wants.

  • http://slamonline.com dmonz

    Stay in PHX and WIN ..$17.69 million reeally isn’t that bad, and I doubt he can get a deal better than that on a contender.. He should stay and PHOENIX should give him an extension, coz if STAT goes and the Suns starts losing, Nash will definitely want out and demand a trade to a Playoff team, getting a mediocre player (even if it’s a previous all star) won’t be enough to motivate Nash to stay in the dessert.He wants to win NOW

  • http://www.another48minutes.com Gerard Himself

    Hisham nailed it with his first comment. I mean, it’s obvious why he opts in.

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

    Amare for Rashard Lewis!

  • therighttoremainsalient

    Nash – number of MVPs pre stoudemire: Zero.
    Nash – number of MVPs with Stoudemire: 2.