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Friday, July 2nd, 2010 at 12:29 pm  |  26 responses

Amar’e Stoudemire Nearly Out in Phoenix

With the signing of Hakim Warrick, it appears Amar’e Stoudemire’s time as a Suns is over. According to Paul Coro of the Arizona Republic, Stoudemire declined a five-year, $96 million offer with minutes-played stipulations: “The eight-year Amar’e Stoudemire era in Phoenix is apparently over. Stoudemire declined a five-year Suns offer that could have been worth up to $96 million, prompting the Suns to quickly secure free agent power forward Hakim Warrick with a four-year agreement worth as much as $18 million. Stoudemire, whose talks with New York and others are accelerating, had told the Suns that he would not sign a deal for fewer than five years after Phoenix offered a four-year maximum deal worth about $80 million. Suns Managing Partner Robert Sarver countered Thursday with a five-year offer that fully guaranteed the first three years and had the fourth and fifth years kick in fully guaranteed if he played at least 2,200 minutes in the third or fourth seasons.”

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  • http://www.slamonline.com/ niQ

    That’s a lot of money to decline.

  • http://nba.com S.Man

    ^ Thanks captain obvious.

  • anony mous

    That’s a lot of money to decline.

  • http://www.kb24.com The Seed

    Amare is going to the Knicks or Heat. BOOK IT!!!

  • http://thekobebeef.wordpress.com LDR4

    He must think he’s a max player. He would be if he ever gave a max effort on the court. Didn’t he have 2 rebounds in a playoff game this year? Just sayin’…

  • Scottie Pimpin

    i smell a pick and roll in Chicago….and it smells good baby !!!!

  • nicko

    isnt that a lot of money to decline?

  • Overtime

    I still think he should stay in the desert. He could be max, he could man handle the league, but its a hell of a lot harder without Nash. I wish Phoenix hadnt made these signings though, i really dont

  • http://theurbangriot.com The Nupe

    He is worth the max if healthy and he hustles. I doubt that he’ll stay healthy or give that much effort for the nest 5 years. Barkley was right that he’s not worth the risk considering his age, knees and eyes. However, sort of like the Celts last year when people said IF they stay healthy that have a shot, but most doubted they could stay healthy. Well IF Amare stays healthy etc, he’s worth it but I think 3 years from now he’ll be the guy taking up a lot of cap space that a team will be anxious to get off the books. I don’t blame Amare for wanting max money now and somebody will give it to him because they think it will add to a championship in the next year or two. If someone like the Knicks take him without another max guy, he’s a waste of money. But if on the Bulls or signing with LBJ in NJ or Wade in Mia, he may be worth the risk in the short term.

  • ccantrell

    hes not worth the max

  • george w. buckets

    amare to the knicks?!?

  • http://djfklfl.com Jukai

    Seems like a lot of money he’s declining

  • cp3fan

    Looks like the Suns are headed for the lottery next season.

  • Scottie Pimpin

    as much as i like this guys game and all, a power foward who cant rebound or play solid defense is not worth the max contract,

  • Ian

    man that seems like a lot of money to turn down to me…just sayin

  • luke

    wow,, thats alot of money to decline

  • peter

    That’s a lot of money to decline.

  • EGOT

    As a lifelong Suns fan, I’m still not sure how I feel about this. It’s sad to see such a talented player go, especially if the Suns don’t land another star player this offseason. The organization has done so much for this guy, though, and the way Amare’s jerked the Suns around — both on and off the court — has made me lose a lot of respect for him. This team played so well and so hard in the playoffs, and got SO close to making the Finals. To me, it feels like Amare’s abandoning a team and an organization that made him a star.

  • c_cantrell

    @EGOT.. u are exactly right bro.. phoenix has molded him into the star that he is 2day n yet over the last couple of seasons he has yanked them around thru all his crap n disrespected them greatly.. it is hard to believe he is leaving the team after seeing how close they got to making the finals last year.. he will never be that close to the finals again with the knicks.. he is more worried about gettin his instead of winning the gold

  • http://www.shawnkemp.com JACO

    Thats alot of $$$ to leave on the table amare. damm he really must be sick of phoenix

  • http://www.knicks.com jon g

    Although there are a few oversights on research there is a really interesting article about Amare’s options in free agency in a different article on this site at http://www.slamonline.com/online/nba/2010/07/the-heat-is-on/

    The article is beginning to look even more insightful now that it’s been reported that Amar’e received a max offer from the Knicks.

  • http://www.knicks.com jon g

    Speaking of, check out some of the comments in the comment section they’re hilarious.

  • logues

    im not the smartest man in the world, but that seems like a lot of money to decline

  • http://thetroyblog.com Smartest Man in the World

    Well I AM the smartest man in the world, and that seems like a lot of money to decline.

  • http://www.hibachi20.blogspot.com Hursty

    hmm, seems an awful lot of money to turn down.

  • http://twitter.com/shinkaide André

    Co-sign EGOT.It disappoints me because the Suns got so close to the Finals, just a few 50/50 balls didn’t go their way. If Amare really leaves, I just want the Suns to get someone to lock down the paint and someone who Steve can pass to who can shoot and score in pressure situations in the Playoffs (AKA Not Channing Frye).

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