September 2005 - Posts

“Stoudemire is closing in on signing a contract extension with the Suns next week, but he finished an extension deal with the world's athletic shoe giant. Stoudemire signed a six-year extension with Nike this month.

The new deal, which takes effect Oct. 1, eventually will include a signature shoe, but Stoudemire will pitch the Nike Force model for now. Financial terms were not disclosed, but it is believed to be the largest shoe deal an NBA big man has received.” - Quoted from Paul Coro, Arizona Republic

Not only is Amare going to get a maximum contract extension from the Phoenix Suns soon, but Nike has given him his own shoe & a 6-year extension.  I seriously doubt that Amare's contract is anywhere near that of Lebron James, but it has to be pretty good if it's bigger than Shaq's (assuming he's one of the big men referenced above).

The Suns will be resigning Stoudemire to a contract extension sometime in the next week or two, so this is definitely Amare's month for major $$$.  Stoudemire should receive the maximimum allowable contract, which appears to be around $73 million (ouch).

The Suns will be reporting to training camp starting October 3rd, and they'll be doing so with a lot of new faces (and without some old ones).


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“The Phoenix Suns finally settled on another piece for their backcourt when they signed former Arizona State star Eddie House to a two-year contract.

What this really means: An unrestricted free agent who played for the Sacramento Kings last season, House, 27, has always been a bit player having started just 27 games in his career. That's part of why he's a good fit with the Suns. He's used to limited minutes, is a terrific streak shooter — career .361 from 3-point range, .400 from the field overall and .813 from the free throw line. But more importantly, they got a guy like House who can give Steve Nash a break every once in a while and even play with him.”  - Story courtesy of Mike Kahn, FoxSports -

This move should really help the Suns backcourt and allow them to continue running their style of offense throughout the season.  Eddie House is an excellent 3-point shooter who should help keep the lanes open for Amare Stoudemire & Co.  I believe House can also play PG, so he should be able to spell Steve Nash occasionally, which is a big bonus.  House will also be returning to his old stomping grounds, after playing at Arizona State, so that should help build his confidence right off the bat.


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