Amare Stoudemire Subject of Trade Rumors

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2/18/09

With less than 24 hrs until the NBA's trading deadline ends tomorrow afternoon, the Suns appear to be standing pat, at least with regards to Amare Stoudemire.  After firing Terry Porter and returning to the fastbreak pace of old, PHX appears to be content w/ the core of players on the current roster.

I still believe the trade for Jason Richardson and Jared Dudley will pay dividends down the road.  Both players bring energy and a positive attitude to a team that had finished last year on a sour note & started this year the same way. 

With nearly $30 million remaining on Shaq's contract, which ends after next year, I wouldn't be surprised to the see the Suns move him for a quicker, more youthful center who can run w/ the offense.  Of course, keeping Shaq would enable the Suns to play the half-court game against the Western super powers (Spurs, Lakers), but it also comes w/ a risk.

If you were Kerr, what moves would you make?

2/13/09

There was apparently a proposed trade w/ Memphis Grizzlies, to include Rudy Gay, Mike Conley Jr. and Hakim Warrick for Stoudemire (and possibly other inclusions).  The Memphis feeling is that the Suns are asking to much, so the deal was nixed.

Other possibilities include the Portland Trail Blazers, w/ names rumored to be Aldridge, Bayless and LaFrentz, and the Chicago Bulls w/ names rumored to be Tyrus Thomas, Noah and Hinrich.

Original Post, 2/6/09

Reports out this week indicate that the Phoenix Suns are shopping Amare Stoudemire, along w/ all other players except for Steve Nash.

Stoudemire has been less than superb this year, despite reaching the NBA All-Star Game as a starter in the Western Conference.  Unfortunately, the selection only adds to Amare's "big head" in terms of thinking he's the shit for whoever he's playing for.  And yes, he is the shit, but not enough... until he can play defense EVERY game, he will be a disappointment.  Offense is great, but you can't win if you're unable to stop the opponent... and the Suns have proved year after year that they cannot play defense when it counts.  As a core of this team, along w/ Nash, you would think STAT would step up and show everyone just how good he can be on a regular basis.  He's done it in flashes, no doubt, but he has a hard time putting it together in consecutive games.

The Suns in general are just lost... leading Sacramento by 50 in the 3rd quarter and then getting blown out by the Golden State Warriors.  Who is this team trying to be?  The Suns (Colangelo/D'Antoni) or the Spurs (Kerr/Porter)???   It is often unclear which identity the team prefers and/or plays best as.  At times, they look dominant playing slow w/ Shaq in the paint, but other times, they look like they don't know what the F they are doing.

Losing Amare would certainly suck, but if it means improving the team, you have to let Kerr do it.  Stoudemire is a max player, so the Suns are sure to get value in return for him (to match salaries).  The most interesting part of any trade, is if it makes PHX better this year or if it is a plan for the future.  Are they giving up already or making a move up the conference rankings?

Either way, I hope the Suns make a good choice.  They have a lot riding on Amare, but could also go several steps back if they move him (or other players).  The rematch against the Warriors tonight and the upcoming road trip against the East's best will go a long way in determining how the Suns roster shapes up at the end of the season.

Published Friday, February 06, 2009 10:03 PM by chowell
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Comments

Saturday, February 07, 2009 12:41 PM by Mark

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The person in the Suns organization that needs to be traded is Steve Kerr. He has taken the exciting team that was once one crooked official away from a championship season and turned it into a slow plodding team structured around an aging Shaq.  The results of his schemes have not panned out and don't appear to have much of a future.

Saturday, February 07, 2009 2:07 PM by Scott Mitchell

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Phoenix waited too long to trade Amare. He was "worth" much more two or even one year ago and they could have gotten much more in return. For most teams I'd wager that there was little chance that such a trade would go through - they'd want too much and be offered too little - but this Suns team has shown over the past few years that they will not hesitate to make a trade that leaves us casual fans scratching our heads and wondering why.
Saturday, February 07, 2009 6:14 PM by Michael Aholelei

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Steve Kerr is an idiot. Shaq was a great player, but hes aged and to base his offense around such a slow lugging player (dont even mention the defense or lack there of), just goes against what the suns have set up through the past 5 to six years. LeAndro Barbosa is the last remnance of the old quick spark suns that used to just blitz it down the court, and even he isn't his usual self when stupid Terry Porter doen't see that the most effective are the older cats in the line-up ie; Nash, Barbosa, Hill and Stoudamire. Shaq just a good-looking side show who is just spicing it up when they win but disappears from conversation when they lose. Get rid of Steve Kerr, Terry Porter, put Shaq on the bench get a younger big player to post up and offer STAT more to keep him happy. I'd also chuck Barbosa in more the guys poison against any defense.
Sunday, February 08, 2009 6:46 PM by Chris

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Steve Kerr is a moron. He has completely ruined this franchise. If Amare goes, I go. I will no longer be a Suns fan. How get you even think about trading such a stud like Amare?? It seems the offense is at its best when Shaq is on the bench and Nash dishes to Amare or Hill. God help the Suns....
Monday, February 09, 2009 2:28 AM by Mike

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I aggree with everybody else.  I have been a suns fan since they had Connie Hawkins.  Back then, the Suns lost a lot.  The new team with Nash, Stoudemire, Diaw, Barbosa, Kurt Thomas, Raja Bell, Shawn Marion, and Tim Thomas was great.  They messed up when the coach left and they got Shaq.  I never liked his style of play even when he was good.  Too slow for the exciting fast break play of the Suns.  Game plan:  Keep everybody except Shaq.  Trade him for another shooter and big guy as a back up center.

Monday, February 16, 2009 1:24 AM by david

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im a fan of phoenix but there organization are idiots why even consider trading amare get rid of shaq ass and that dumb ass coach.....

Wednesday, February 18, 2009 10:14 PM by don

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any news on phoneix suns trade rumors?? please let me know any trades for the suns....
Saturday, February 21, 2009 1:50 PM by Sean

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Steve Kerr needs to wake up and see that the suns will never play defense and offense is what they thrive in. Obviously scoring 140 pts 3 times in a row and giving up 118 pts to the thunder.