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Blazer talks cool; Heat, Bulls in hunt for Amare

Posted on: February 11, 2009 10:54 pm
 

Half the NBA is going West for All-Star weekend. The Suns are looking East when it comes to trading Amare Stoudemire.

Talks between the Suns and Portland Trail Blazers about Stoudemire have unraveled, CBSSports.com has learned. Phoenix is now focused on Eastern Conference teams -- and not just Chicago.

The Bulls remain a serious contender due to Drew Gooden's expiring contract and Larry Hughes' expiring deal next season, plus the largest expiring trade exception in the league ($5.2 million). But Miami is the latest team to emerge as a serious landing spot for Stoudemire, a person with direct knowledge of the talks said Wednesday night.

The Heat's involvement is sure to set off speculation about the possibility of Phoenix taking back Shawn Marion, who was traded to Miami for Shaquille O'Neal last February -- ground zero in the demolition of the Suns' 58-win-a-year success story over the past four seasons. But it is not believed that Suns managing partner Robert Sarver wants to go there. And Sarver's heavy hand in the process has become one of the key obstacles to Phoenix securing the best deal, according to two league executives -- one of whom described the situation as "dissension." Teams are getting mixed signals from Phoenix as far as what the Suns are looking to take back for Stoudemire, another executive said -- one version from Sarver and another from president Steve Kerr.

That isn't uncommon in NBA trade talks, especially on a deal as massive as this one. But it's just another impediment in Kerr's way as he tries to leverage an already difficult position. Some team executives have concerns about Stoudemire as a max player, given that anyone who acquires him would have to be prepared to re-sign him if he declines his player option after the 2009-10 season. Stoudemire's defensive deficiencies have been well documented, and he's a difficult player to commit to long-term given that he underwent microfracture knee surgery in 2005.

The deal Portland was discussing with Phoenix involved LaMarcus Aldridge, Jerryd Bayless, and Raef LaFrentz's $12.7 million expiring contract. "That deal is dead," the person familiar with the talks said. One reason could be that Portland is really looking to acquire an elite point guard, according to an NBA team executive. That begs the question of whether Portland G.M. Kevin Pritchard was asking for Steve Nash. But according to another rival executive, the Suns have made it clear that Nash, Grant Hill, and Leandro Barbosa are "untouchable."

 

 

 

 

Comments

Since: Oct 11, 2006
Posted on: February 13, 2009 9:16 pm
 

Blazer talks cool; Heat, Bulls in hunt for Amare

team conley up with oden, think about it, two guys who were teammates since high school.....that means you have a lot of experience together.




Since: Feb 12, 2009
Posted on: February 12, 2009 10:20 pm
 

Blazer talks cool; Heat, Bulls in hunt for Amare

get amare pax! TT is improving but amare's better and has been to more big playoff games at such a young age. even going up against tim duncan and the western big men. trade noah for camby. get a SG and SF for luol deng. he cant play under VDN and with rose.  make BG the 6th man...he's more aggressive than deng, creates shots for himself and can get to the line. luol is soft!! camby, amare, SF, hinrich, rose is not bad with BG coming off the bench. just make a change pax!




Since: Feb 12, 2009
Posted on: February 12, 2009 9:26 pm
 

Blazer talks cool; Heat, Bulls in hunt for Amare

im a bulls fan. why not get camby fo noah, tyrus (and others to make it work) for amare. starting 5 will be camby, amare, deng, hinrich or ben, and rose. in camby the bulls will get a defensive/rebounding center to make up for amare's lack of it. no problem with offense. make defense the prority pax!




Since: Feb 12, 2009
Posted on: February 12, 2009 9:05 pm
 

Blazer talks cool; Heat, Bulls in hunt for Amare

Why wiuld the Blazers trade for Conley now?

In the three weeks Steve Blake has been injured, Jerryd Bayless has proven he's a better NBA player than Mike Conley, and Sergio has proven he's as good an NBA player as Conley. Bayless is also a better fit next to Brandon Roy. Brandon Roy is the Blazers floor general. Bayless is more of a Devin Harris type scoring PG. Bayless knows how to score without the ball in his hands when he has need to. Conley is more of a standard floor general PG.

 




Since: Oct 11, 2006
Posted on: February 12, 2009 8:10 pm
 

Blazer talks cool; Heat, Bulls in hunt for Amare

ok, Blazer fans, here is who i think the Blazers should trade for, Mike Conley Jr, give up Jarod Bayless, Steve Blake and Travis Outlaw and get Warrick and Conley, If this trade happens, it would make Greg Oden happy because both Conley and Oden played together for so long.




Since: Feb 12, 2009
Posted on: February 12, 2009 6:59 pm
 

Blazer talks cool; Heat, Bulls in hunt for Amare

very very good point. 

 

but as a bulls fan, it would be hard to see hinrich go (though a very good trade indeed for aldridge alone.)




Since: Dec 19, 2008
Posted on: February 12, 2009 6:54 pm
 

Blazer talks cool; Heat, Bulls in hunt for Amare

Close call. I want Portland to remain how they are! Wow if Miami Heat got Amare, that would be pretty cool. Wade and Amare on a team together, now that would be great! It seems the Southeast Division keeps getting more and more tough every year.




Since: Feb 12, 2009
Posted on: February 12, 2009 5:24 pm
 

Blazer talks cool; Heat, Bulls in hunt for Amare

If you ever here Amare talk, it is always about me, MVP, elite player, etc.  You will rarely here anything about team, sacrifice, etc. and it shows in his play.  Rebounding & defense are about effort and he will not put forth any unless it is on offense.  He is whinning because Shaq now has offense run thru him, therefore less shots for Amare.  Also, look at him against players he doesn't just overpower like Garnett & Jefferson, he is absolutely invisible.  He is certainly a physical specimen, but with no defense or rebounding effort, it cancels out his assets.  Plus our new owner is an asss and nobody really seems to want to stay here anymore.  We want Colangelo back.  




Since: Jan 22, 2007
Posted on: February 12, 2009 5:03 pm
 

Blazer talks cool; Heat, Bulls in hunt for Amare

Everyone is pushing for their team to get this guy.  What everyone is forgetting is the ball is in Amare's court as well.  None of the above rumored teams is going to trade the 2 most valuable things (Expiring contracts and draft picks)  with the 2010 free agent class coming, without terms being agreed to with the soon to be free agent Stoudamire!  I'm a Bulls fan and I'd trade anyone on the team, but Rose, for him, but only if he's signed to a deal beyond the 09 season.




Since: Sep 12, 2008
Posted on: February 12, 2009 4:59 pm
 

Blazer talks cool; Heat, Bulls in hunt for Amare

If we can pull this off WITHOUT giving up Beasley, then do it now. Otherwise NO WAY. We are not going to win this year either way and to give up Beasley would be a HORRIFIC mistake. In 2010 we can have 3 megastars. Why settle for 2? If we need to, take O'Neal for this year and next and continue to grow with our youth. We are in great shape potentially, lets not screw it up now.



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