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Amare talks heating up (UPDATE)

Posted on: February 8, 2009 12:37 pm
Edited on: February 9, 2009 12:09 am

CLEVELAND -- The Phoenix Suns have engaged in trade talks with at least five or six teams, including the Pistons, Bulls, Nets, and Warriors, in their efforts to find the best offer for Amare Stoudemire, multiple league sources told

In the past 48 hours, the Suns' posture on Stoudemire has advanced from accepting calls to placing them, an indication that they've accelerated efforts to pull off sweeping changes before the Feb. 19 trade deadline.

The Pistons view Stoudemire as a good fit, according to a person with knowledge of the dialogue between the teams, and have the kind of assets Phoenix would be interested in -- large expiring contracts (Allen Iverson and Rasheed Wallace), young players with reasonable contracts (Jason Maxiell, Amir Johnson), and draft picks (three extra second-rounders and an extra first-rounder acquired in other trades).

Chicago also is a desirable destination, and the Bulls could offer Larry Hughes' $13.7 million deal expiring after next season. Plus, Chicago has the largest expiring trade exception ($5.2 million) in the league. The Nets have three first-rounders in upcoming drafts, but don't seem convinced that Stoudemire is the right fit, which would be a key component of any deal. Since Stoudemire has an early termination clause after the 2009-10 season, any team that acquires him would have to view him as its max free-agent signing in the summer of 2010.

UPDATE: Golden State also has had discussions with the Suns about Stoudemire, a person familiar with the talks said Sunday night -- although the Bay Area doesn't seem to be a likely destination.

"You'd have to have a deal in place to re-sign him," one rival executive said. "You'd have to have great interest and think he’s the guy for you."

Other teams believed to be in the mix for Stoudemire are Miami, Dallas, and possibly the Raptors, who are looking for other avenues to unload Jermaine O'Neal's $22 million contract for next season after talks with Miami about an O'Neal-for-Shawn Marion swap fizzled.

UPDATE: Several curious teams have called Toronto about Chris Bosh, two people with knowledge of the discussions said Friday night. But it's not clear whether the Bosh talks have involved Stoudemire, and to this point, Toronto's response has been that Bosh is not available.

As first reported Friday, Phoenix also is seeking offers for Shaquille O'Neal, whose resurgence has not stemmed the Suns' inconsistency under first-year coach Terry Porter.




Since: May 13, 2008
Posted on: February 11, 2009 6:09 am

Amare talks heating up (UPDATE)

I think that shaq should be traded instead of amare. Im thinkin maxiell,prince for shaq,barnes. But what i think will happen, because the suns dont what amare to leave for nothing, is amare going to the blazers for aldridge, bayless.

Since: May 13, 2008
Posted on: February 11, 2009 6:04 am

Amare talks heating up (UPDATE)

Moving amare is not a good idea if i were the Pheonix GM i would try to unload shaq while he is in a up year cause next year he'll be back to his old self. HOW does this trade sound pheonix GM teshaun prince(spelled wrong i know) and jason maxiell for Shaq and Barnes, i think both teams think (and do) they need a trade to mix things up on there teams,which are talented, but have underacheived. i think that will Amare will end up being traded in the end because he'll be a free agent and the suns dont want to let him go for nothing, i get the feeling Aldridge and bayless will end up getting amare. 

Since: Apr 15, 2008
Posted on: February 9, 2009 10:14 pm

Amare talks heating up (UPDATE)

that makes sense a trade to the bulls when you really think about it. larry hughes is a pretty decent player and the fack that thomas and noah are both so young they have time to get even better. if i was a bulls fane it might just get me excited.

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Since: Oct 6, 2008
Posted on: February 9, 2009 4:34 pm
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Since: Sep 3, 2008
Posted on: February 9, 2009 11:04 am

Amare talks heating up (UPDATE)

I have to agree with a few posts down, it's a pretty good bet that Amare Stoudamire ends up in Detroit. Most likely for Rasheed Wallace and Jason Maxiel or Amir Johnson. Both those guys have not lived up to what Joe Dumars thought they would be. I'd like to see Carlos Boozer for Stoudamire, but that won't happen. Atlanta and Portland are two teams you can trade with. Maybe Marvin Williams and Flip Murray or Travis outlaw and  Joe Pryzbilla.

Since: Dec 19, 2006
Posted on: February 9, 2009 10:42 am

Amare talks heating up (UPDATE)

Isn't it funny how every team who thinks they have the prospect of having Stoudemire would LOVE to have him, then why on EARTH would Phoenix want to move STAT.  I'm sorry, I like Shaq a lot but if I had a choice I would keep a young- talented player than someone who is a year or two away from retiring. Stoudemire can always work to improve his defense. 

Since: Feb 4, 2008
Posted on: February 9, 2009 12:11 am

Amare talks heating up (UPDATE)

You are pretty dumb or really sarcastic. Amare is a huge defensive liability and gets drilled by less than stellar players all season.

Since: Oct 11, 2006
Posted on: February 8, 2009 10:13 pm

Amare talks heating up

Hmm, interesting. That would have seemed like a lot of talent to give up a year ago, but neither has really took off and yes, they're doing alright now.

Since: Jan 13, 2009
Posted on: February 8, 2009 7:33 pm

Amare talks heating up

If Amare somehow ended up in Detroit, I would be loving it.  Both AI and Sheed have  large expiring contracts, several picks and a few young intriguing players to send to Phoenix.  Of the possible scenarios, I would have to say, although I am a huge fan of his game and passion, I would like to Rasheed packaged with a 1st rounder and a couple of seconds or something Rasheed and Maxiell with some picks.  Iverson has about $9 million more coming off of our cap and since we use the 3 guard set so much, we can't lose all 3 big men.  I know they knock his D but he is a 20-10 guys.  I'll take him any day of the week.  It will steal leave us money to spend some money either this summer or next on a big name.  Go Pistons!

Since: Aug 26, 2008
Posted on: February 8, 2009 7:22 pm

Pistons Don't Have an Extra First Rounder

Says it all in the title....

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