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Free-Agent Buzz (UPDATE)

Posted on: July 2, 2010 4:59 pm
Edited on: July 2, 2010 11:30 pm
 

Amar'e Stoudemire will arrive in New York Saturday with "broad agreement" on the Knicks' five-year, nearly $100 million proposal, a person with knowledge of the deal said.

Stoudemire's agent, Happy Walters, broke off talks with the Suns Friday, almost certainly ending his eight-year tenure there. Stoudemire rejected a five-year offer from Phoenix that wasn't fully guaranteed in the final season with a clause that included playing-time incentives, according to the Arizona Republic .

After the Stoudemire talks broke down, the Suns agreed to terms with power forward Hakim Warrick on a four-year, $18 million deal. To consummate that contract on July 8, the Suns will have to renounce their rights to Stoudemire, meaning he couldn't be signed and traded at that point.

While a deal with the Knicks is preferable to the incentive-laden contract Phoenix was offering, there are concerns on both sides that will have to be addressed this weekend. Stoudemire, like other second-tier free agents, is worried about being the only superstar to come to New York, where fans have been speculating for two years that LeBron James would wind up in a Knicks jersey. Stoudemire was said to have spent Friday trying to recruit a fellow All-Star to join him, with the most likely targets being the Hawks' Joe Johnson and the Spurs' Tony Parker.

As for the Knicks, Stoudemire's knees and eye will be subject to thorough exams by the team's medical staff. Reports have indicated that Stoudemire's contract will not be insurable due to his injury history.

Warrick, who averaged 9.6 points and 4.1 rebounds in 76 games last season with the Bulls and Bucks, was among the surprise deals of free agency thus far. "Mindboggling," one rival executive called it. "He played for $3 million last season and the Bucks couldn't wait to get rid of him."

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Point guard Steve Blake agreed to a four-year, $16 million deal with the Lakers, insurance in case free agent Derek Fisher leaves, a person with knowledge of the agreement said. The Blake signing probably takes the Lakers out of th running for sharpshooter Mike Miller, but not entirely, the source said.  When deals become official July 8, the Lakers would have the option to work out a sign-and-trade with the Clippers for Blake and still give their mid-level exception to Miller. That scenario, however, appears unlikely. Miller also has attracted significant interest from the Knicks and several other teams.
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The Blazers, Knicks, Bulls and Clippers have expressed interest in Spurs free-agent guard Roger Mason, while the Jazz, Nuggets, Bobcats, Knicks and Heat are pursuing Suns free-agent forward Louis Amundson, sources say.
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John Salmons' five-year, $40 million agreement to return to the Bucks was finalized Friday, pending the official paperwork after the moratorium on player movement is lifted on July 8, a person with knowledge of the deal confirmed to CBSSports.com.











Comments

Since: Feb 22, 2008
Posted on: July 4, 2010 1:36 am
 

Free-Agent Buzz (UPDATE)

you are wrong...a team can not sign a player that puts them over the salary cap but they can indeed trade for a player that puts them over the cap (as they did with both Shaq and Jamison)...they will need to pay a very expensive salary cap penalty but Gilbert has been doing that for the last three years and Cleveland has been top three in salary paid for at least the last couple years.   How do you suppose they were able to trade for Jamison while they were already 15-20 million over the cap?  Its an NBA rule...look it up.  Also...Toronto has expressed an interest in both Varejao and Hickson in a sign and trade deal.  Why the hell would they not do that vs. getting nothing for Bosh?  Please do you homework, you really don't understand how all of this works.



Since: Dec 7, 2006
Posted on: July 3, 2010 9:13 pm
 

Free-Agent Buzz (UPDATE)

"WRONG AGAIN!!!!! LEBRON IS STAYIN CLEVELAND AND THE CAVS ARE GOING TO GET BOSH IN A SIGN AND TRADE WITH THE RAPTORS!!!!!  HA HA HA!!! TOLD YA HE WASN'T GOING TO NEW YORK!!!! OR NEW JERSEY!!!!"

Akron Buckeye, I don't think he is staying in Cleveland because he cannot globalize his name brand and become a billionaire in any place but Chicago or NY.  Cleveland is simply too small of a market for that to happen.  But the problem I have with your post is that Bosh cannot go to Cleveland, even in a sign and trade because the Cavs are OVER the cap and have no money to spend, even if LBJ leaves.  With what money could they get Bosh when they cannot afford a second max contract?  There is no one on the Cavs roster that the Raptors would do a sign and trade with Bosh for.  There would be no equal value in that sign and trade plus you would be picking up Bosh's contract, which would count against your cap.  When you have the contracts of Mo, Varejao, and Jamison for at least the next two years (Mo has an early termination option, which I am sure he won't opt out of the money he would receive), there is no way to improve the team around LBJ.  The only reason your Cavs can even afford him is because of the Larry Bird rules.  If that extra year is what decides his fate, LBJ will stay.  But this guy cares more about his name, globalizing it, and becoming a billionaire than winning a title.  Sure, I believe he wants to win, but becoming a billionaire is his top priority and as much as he may love his home state, he knows in reality that only three teams can allow him to achieve that dream:  The Bulls, Knicks, and Nets (will be in Brooklyn and quicker if he signs).   Akron Buckeye, if Bosh ends up playing with LBJ, it will not be in Cleveland, but in Chicago, Miami, or NY.




Since: Aug 25, 2009
Posted on: July 3, 2010 7:50 pm
 

Free-Agent Buzz (UPDATE)

Amar'e Stoudamire is definitely a good player, but that being said, if he goes to the Knicks, his impact will not be nearly as great as many seem to think. The reasons are thus:

1. Stoudamire is not truly great in the post. His game is predicated more on getting to the spot to receive passes from his point. He is not a guy who regularly commands a double-team on the low block. If the Knicks are forced into a half-court game, his offense is not nearly as dangerous, although he is a good mid-range jump shooter.

 

2. Stoudamire is not a great passer. Without Nash feeding him, he is going to be forced to make decisions and his history is not that of a great decision-maker with the ball. I foresee his turnovers going up quite a bit if he is going to be the Number One option with the ball in his hands.

 

3. Like Nash, Stoudamire is a liability on defense. Although he can occasionally block a shot or two, he is not a good one-on-one defender, nor is he a good team defender.Of course d'Antoni is not known as a coach who cares much about defense either, so that might not be a problem in New York.

 

4. Although Stoudamire will undoubtedly command a max salary, he is not a true max player, or a real franchise player. He is a second (or third) option and would be most dangerous playing with a genuine franchise player. A James, a Wade, a Bryant, etc. One of Phoenix's problem is that Nash is not a true franchise player either. However, Nash IS infinitely better than anything the Knicks have at the point. So if Nash and Stoudamire couldn't get it done in Phoenix, how is Stoudamire going to get it done in New York? I think the pressure might just get to him, eventually.

 

Ultimately, if New York overpays for Stoudamire, they will have a guy who does fit the d'Antoni system, but not a guy who can carry the team. So unless New York can get a true franchise player to carry the team, Stoudamire's signing will probably lead to disappointment for both Stoudamire and the New York fans. I may be wrong and if so I will happily confess. But where I sit, this just doesn't really do as much good for New YOrk as everyone thinks. We'll see...




Since: Jul 27, 2009
Posted on: July 3, 2010 7:38 pm
 

Free-Agent Buzz (UPDATE)

not a chance.  well unless jayz throws in beyonce as part of the deal



Since: Jul 27, 2009
Posted on: July 3, 2010 7:37 pm
 

Free-Agent Buzz (UPDATE)

now the suns will sign david lee and he will put the same numbers with mr nash



Since: Jul 27, 2009
Posted on: July 3, 2010 7:35 pm
 

Free-Agent Buzz (UPDATE)

agreed



Since: Sep 1, 2006
Posted on: July 3, 2010 7:29 pm
 

Free-Agent Buzz (UPDATE)

Bucks done a lot great JOB to lock John Salmons' five years deal which looks way better than Amare's 100 millions deal same as five years to NYK.

Amare can't do it by himself and his injury issue would cost him a lot next couple of years which they should know about it



Since: Aug 25, 2006
Posted on: July 3, 2010 3:06 pm
 

Free-Agent Buzz (UPDATE)

Yes ESPN is reporting that Stoudemire has aggreed to a contract. All they have to do is wait until the 8th when they can offically sign. Knicks this is the best you could get. There is a reason the Lakers passed on this guy. Will not work out in N.Y.


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Since: Jun 11, 2010
Posted on: July 3, 2010 2:37 pm
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Since: Feb 29, 2008
Posted on: July 3, 2010 2:28 pm
 

BOTTOM LINE - KNICKS

IVE HEARD A LOT OF RANTING AND RAVING ABOUT STOUDAMIRE JOINING THE KNICKS.  IN MY ESTIMATION, IF THEY DONT RESIGN LEE AND ONE MORE MAX PLAYER, THEN SIGNING STOUDAMIRE WILL BE INSIGNIFICANT.  LOSING LEE AND GAINING STOUDAMIRE IS A WASH. I WOULD THINK THE MOST LIKELY SCENARIO IS THAT THEY SIGN JOHNSON AFTER ANY NEGATIVE INDICATION THAT LEBRON IS NOT COMING.  DURING THE PITCH TO LEBRON, YOU CAN BET YOUR BOTTOM DOLLAR THAT THEY SAID THEY WERE BRINGING IN A QUALITY GUARD LIKE JOHNSON (WADE WONT COME TO NEW YORK).  IF THEY SIGN JOHNSON AND STOUDAMIRE AND KEEP LEE, THEY WILL BE VERY COMPETITIVE THIS YEAR AND WITH THEIR MAX FOR NEXT YEAR CAN ADD THE FINAL PIECE WITHOUT LEBRON.  AFTER ALL LA AND BOSTON HAVE WON WITHOUT LEBRON BECAUSE THEY HAD THE BEST TEAM, NOT THE BEST PLAYER. 



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