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Suns ready to make a deal

Posted on: February 5, 2009 10:52 pm
Edited on: February 6, 2009 8:59 am
 

We told you a few weeks ago that the struggling Phoenix Suns were seriously considering the possibility of trading Amare Stoudemire as their franchise continues to unravel.

We told you Thursday with Jason Horowitz that there have been significant developments since then, and that the Suns' brass were considering firing coach Terry Porter, or trading Stoudemire or Shaq.

Now the Suns have reached a crossroads: Everything is on the table -- a coaching change, a big trade, and another new direction.

Sources have told CBSSports.com that the organization is poised for a major relaunch before the Feb. 19 trade deadline, with the first option believed to be a trade that would divest cash-strapped owner Robert Sarver of massive obligations to Stoudemire or O'Neal.

Frustration in the front office and locker room boiled over last Saturday night, when the Suns lost to the Bulls at home. Sarver, president Steve Kerr, coaches, and two players -- Steve Nash and Grant Hill -- met behind closed doors for almost an hour after the loss. But two people familiar with the situation said that meeting was overblown; essentially, it was an extension of a series of soul-searching sessions under way recently. Sarver's tolerance for losses both basketball and financial have been seriously diminished by the economic downturn; he's in the banking business, not the best business to be in during the current financial catastrophe.

Failing to assert themselves as a serious contender, the Suns are seeking to bring back young talent on rookie contracts, draft picks,  and if possible, expiring contracts in any deal for Stoudemire or Shaq. Things seemed to stabilize after the closed-door meeting when the Suns blew out Sacramento by 48 points in their next game. But inconsistency has been their only staple; Phoenix followed up with an inexcusable loss to Golden State, which exemplified the run-and-gun style that was good for 58 wins a year the past four seasons under Mike D'Antoni in Phoenix.

Those days are over, and it appears that it's time to tear things down and start over.

 

 

Comments

Since: Apr 23, 2008
Posted on: February 6, 2009 6:57 pm
 

Suns ready to make a deal

The Knicks should jump on this opportunity to get a good player to build around without having to start a bidding war. 

This is the time, even if it starts controversy on how they should have gotten James.




Since: Feb 6, 2009
Posted on: February 6, 2009 6:17 pm
 

Suns Should

Trade Amare Stoudemire for Chris Bosh!




Since: Jan 25, 2009
Posted on: February 6, 2009 4:10 pm
 

Suns ready to make a deal

Amen




Since: Jan 25, 2009
Posted on: February 6, 2009 4:08 pm
 

Suns ready to make a deal

Amen




Since: Feb 4, 2008
Posted on: February 6, 2009 3:56 pm
 

Suns ready to make a deal

      
;    This is it Laker fans. Are you ready for it... speculation about bringing Shaq back to L.A. to start in place of the injured Bynum as in insurance policy at center should start. Then when Bynum came back, Shaq could come off the bench behind Bynum. What a hell uv a tandom. Problem is...as much as I'd love to see Kobe and Shaq reunite for a title run or two more, not to mention the unparalleled drama...I'm not so sure if that would ultimately help or hurt the Lakers right now. If the Lakers go 6-0 on this road trip, it might be evidence that messing with the Lakers' chemistry right now might be a bad thing. But I can't help think of the possibilities. I thought Shaq and Kobe should've never been split apart...and I have always wanted them to reunite since the first day Shaq left.




Since: Jul 23, 2008
Posted on: February 6, 2009 3:27 pm
 

Suns ready to make a deal

JJ was injured the one year. Then it was Amare. Then it was Bell. Then it was Hill. And if it was not a guy out it was a guy like Nash playing injured. Suns players were always injured come playoff time. Were all those injuries flukes or a product of the run and gun system? Meanwhile a team like the Spurs never seems to have injuries come the playoffs because they don't run a high-wire act every night.

Looking back the Suns may have gotten really close to the Finals but under D'Antoni I can honestly say we were never close to a championship. 




Since: Feb 5, 2009
Posted on: February 6, 2009 3:05 pm
 

Suns ready to make a deal

Hey, there is a good argument to be made that D'Antoni's system could have worked, and should have worked, twice, and i know that is exactly what D'Antoni believes as well.  Joe Johnson doesn't fracture his eye socket and they're in the finals that year.  If The Commish and his puppet, Stu, use common sense in overturning a weak rull and Amare and Diaw don't get suspended, they're in that year.  Two missed opportunities.  Neither of them the Suns fault.




Since: Jan 9, 2008
Posted on: February 6, 2009 3:01 pm
 

Suns ready to make a deal

This post absolutely echos my sentiment on the state of the Suns. Kerr has made some serious ego-driven mistakes since his placement as GM and the results are in the record. Sarver and Kerr sought to "rid" themselves of the Jerry Colangelo legacy and re-create the Suns in their own image...well, they've succeeded...only they didn't realize that the REAL Jerry Colangelo legacy was not just flash and spending and PURPLE - it was consistent winners. Since Kerr started his tinkering last year, I have grown increasingly disinterested in this team; I don't believe I am alone.




Since: Jan 3, 2007
Posted on: February 6, 2009 2:56 pm
 

Stoudemire to the Lakers

For Lamar Odom and next year's first round pick.

Just what the Lakers need without Bynum.




Since: Mar 6, 2008
Posted on: February 6, 2009 2:54 pm
 

Suns ready to make a deal -Odom for Shaq

Memorandum

To: Shaquille O' Neal, Phoenix Suns/Miami Sheriff Department

Fr:  Concerned Laker and Suns Fan

Re: Career ender

---------------

Mr. O'neal, do you want to cap your great career with a bang?  Or do you want to get stuck in the desert with a clueless coach and a co-center that is pissed off because you're stealing his thunder (and minutes and points and rebounds?  Plrease contact the following people right away: Mitch Kupchak and suggest to him that you are willing to swallow your pride and hobble along with your measly $20 million dollars and swap teams with Lamar Odom.  It's only for this year anyway, tell Mitch.  After all Mr. Odom not only takes plays off, he takes entire games off.  See those pop up ads asking what your IQ is? Mr. Odom's basketball IQ is lower than Michelle Wie's average in a four round golf score. No wait. Sorry. Lower than Michelle Wie's age.  Then convince Steve Kerr that Mr. Odom will be a great addition to the Suns.  Hey, they can start reminisicing about the glory days when another UNLV star shone with the Suns (sorry for than pun), Shawn Marion.  After he fires Terry Porter and hires somebody smarter like, oh I dunno, Condoleeza Rice they can run and gun again like the old days.  Put your huge arms around Mr. Kerr and describe visions of Nash to Odom in a fastbreak to a streaking Amar'e.. SLAAAAAAM DUNK!  And when Andrew Bynum comes back in March, the Lakers will have the biggest Trinity since God the Father, God the Son and the Holy Spirit.  And next year? Come on Shaq, give up the sneaks.  You can continue being the biggest (literally) sheriff in town or the biggest/largest day time talk show host since Oprah and Rosie O'Donnell.  Then viola'..Lakers will have a gazillion dollars of cap room to spend on a real player and you could be sitting on a couch interviewing Kobe or well, Martha Stewart for about the same amount of money.

Respectfully,

Scott Bore Us

 

 



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