Amar'e opts out (UPDATE)
Posted on: June 30, 2010 2:41 pm
Edited on: June 30, 2010 2:46 pm
Suns forward Amar'e Stoudemire has exercised the early termination option in his contract, which called for him to make $17.6 million next season, and will hit the unrestricted free-agent market, his agent, Happy Walters, confirmed to CBSSports.com Wednesday.
Walters, who met with Suns owner Robert Sarver and coach Alvin Gentry Tuesday in Los Angeles, will continue to negotiate with Sarver on an extension. But Sarver has yet to raise his offer to the max level, and Stoudemire clearly wants to see the process through after enduring three years of trade possibilities and speculation about his future in Phoenix.
This is Sarver's show now, after GM Steve Kerr and assistant GM David Griffin left the organization following the draft. The Heat, Bulls, Knicks and Nets are expected to be involved in some level of discussion with Stoudemire after the negotiating period begins at 12:01 a.m. Thursday.