Amare Stoudemire Ruled Out for Suns' Postseason
Amare Stoudemire's doctor has indicated that the retinal tear Amare suffered is more serious than a lot of other injuries and will require significant time to heal. So much time, in fact, that Stoudemire will not participate in the postseason if the Phoenix Suns make the NBA Playoffs.
The recovery time from the surgery is months and so far, the process is slow going for Amare. He has been banned from attending games even, to prevent any further injury to the eye.
Of course, the team will continue to play w/out their young star and develop on-court chemistry. It will be interesting to see how the summer shapes out for Amare and the Suns, in terms of potential trade scenarios. The Suns are proving they can win w/out Amare, albeit not against any good teams, but then again they weren't really beating them w/ him either.
With Shaq and Nash off the books at the end of next year, the Suns could trade Stoudemire for a couple other quality players and get a good start on rebuilding and trimming payroll long-term. The 2010 free agent class is anticipated to be plentiful, but I expect a number of teams to re-sign their star players before their contracts end - this would definitely blow up some teams plans that year (e.g. Knicks). If the Suns were to trade Stoudemire and let both Shaquille O'Neal and Steve Nash go next season, they would be WAY under the cap and could go after 2+ superstar players who might still be available.