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Portland in the mix for Stoudemire (UPDATE)

Posted on: February 10, 2009 10:14 pm
Edited on: February 11, 2009 12:58 pm
 

The Portland Trail Blazers have made a strong play for Amare Stoudemire, discussing a package that includes LaMarcus Aldridge, Jerryd Bayless, and Raef LaFrentz's $12.7 million expiring contract, a person with direct knowledge of the talks told CBSSports.com Tuesday.

The Blazers, among the most active teams in the league as the Feb. 19 trade deadline draws near, have joined Chicago, Miami, Detroit, Toronto, Golden State, and New Jersey among a growing list of teams that have discussed acquiring Stoudemire from the Suns.

Several team executives told CBSSports.com that no clear front-runner has emerged as Suns president Steve Kerr tries to extract the best possible offer for Stoudemire, whose stock has fallen as Phoenix continues to struggle in its adjustment to a new style under coach Terry Porter. The Raptors are "pushing hard," one exec said, but at this point want to pair Stoudemire with Chris Bosh and continue to rebuff any trade proposals that include parting with the team's cornerstone. Bosh has a player option after next season and can become one of the headliners in the 2010 free-agent class.

The Blazers lost any chance of being a major player in free agency this summer when Darius Miles came out of medical retirement and joined the Memphis Grizzlies. Losing $9 million of cap space they thought they'd have, the Blazers are looking to make their splash now via the trade route. The Blazers have four extra second-round picks in the next two drafts to offer, plus the rights to British big man Joel Freeland, taken by Portland with the 30th pick in the 2006 draft. Freeland, playing for Gran Canaria of the Spanish League, is part of the discussion between the Blazers and Suns, the person with knowledge of the talks said.

UPDATE: One factor complicating matters, according to a team executive who has spoken with the Suns, is an apparent difference of opinion between Kerr and managing partner Robert Sarver as far as what Phoenix hopes to get back in a Stoudemire trade. Steve Nash, Grant Hill, and Leandro Barbosa are viewed as untouchable in any trade talks with the Suns. It is not known if any of those players is the source of disagreement between Kerr and Sarver.

 

 

 

 

 

Comments

Since: Feb 27, 2007
Posted on: February 12, 2009 11:04 am
 

Portland in the mix for Stoudemire (UPDATE)

If they wanted to increase his value, they would start making GMs believe they are willling to keep Amare for the rest of the year. At least that's YahooSports' take on the situation.




Since: Feb 7, 2009
Posted on: February 12, 2009 12:39 am
 

Portland in the mix for Stoudemire (UPDATE)

this is a fabrication by the suns to up amares value in a trade.




Since: Feb 27, 2007
Posted on: February 11, 2009 6:44 pm
 

Portland in the mix for Stoudemire (UPDATE)

Completely off topic but I'm lovin Berger's moto at that top right there...somethin about needing Berger's news and notes 24 hours a day served well done.




Since: Feb 11, 2009
Posted on: February 11, 2009 6:16 pm
 

Portland in the mix for Stoudemire (UPDATE)

Trade Amare Stoudemire for Chris Bosh.




Since: Feb 27, 2007
Posted on: February 11, 2009 5:52 pm
 

Portland in the mix for Stoudemire (UPDATE)

yeah, my bad for that...Guess I dont understand the business side of it. Anyway, I completely agree about Kerr. His hiring made no sense from the very beginning. Kerr had very little experience with anything GM related and they had to know that he wanted to make the team into a half-court team since thats what he knows. As long as he's the GM, they may as well rename the team to the Phoenix Clippers. Still be my favorite team though.




Since: Apr 27, 2008
Posted on: February 11, 2009 5:15 pm
 

Portland in the mix for Stoudemire (UPDATE)

Amen brother. If they're going to trade Amar'e Stoudemire, at least get him to the East. Take on an expiring contract, then go out and try to sign players. Please, get him away from the Lakers, who would love to see him on the Least Coast. Steve Kerr is such a screwup, that I know deep down he would sign the wrong free agent(s), and the Suns would suck for many years to come. And whoever said the Suns were doing the Blazers a favor by taking on Raef Lefrentz's contract has it exactly backwards. That would be a gold mine for the Suns. But of course, it just doesn't matter, because Kerr is going to mess this up regardless. 




Since: Apr 1, 2007
Posted on: February 11, 2009 5:00 pm
 

Portland in the mix for Stoudemire (UPDATE)

Portland would be crazy to make that trade. And, they would be heading back into the direction they just got themselves out of should Amare ever do anything wrong considering his entire family's history. Take a deep breath and think about what you're doing, Portland. Lest you make a huge mistake.




Since: Feb 27, 2007
Posted on: February 11, 2009 4:44 pm
 

Portland in the mix for Stoudemire (UPDATE)

Good Call




Since: Feb 27, 2007
Posted on: February 11, 2009 4:42 pm
 

Portland in the mix for Stoudemire (UPDATE)

Yeah, I thought about that too. If Phoenix wants to trade Amare, that most likely means they want to rebuild, so why hang on to Grant Hill? Plus, Hill would be a great fit Portland. Roy reminds me of Hill in his prime, so there could be some mentoring and Grant still has a little left in the tank for an NBA Finals push.




Since: Mar 15, 2007
Posted on: February 11, 2009 4:15 pm
 

Portland in the mix for Stoudemire (UPDATE)

As a Portland fan, I would definitely NOT be happy about this.  Amare needs an uptempo system, and the Blazers don't run one, ESPECIALLY if they get rid of Bayless.  I'd much rather have a happy LaMarcus Aldridge than a disgruntled Amare.



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