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Amare talks turn to Chicago, but ... (UPDATE)

Posted on: February 15, 2009 8:50 pm
Edited on: February 16, 2009 4:51 am
 

PHOENIX -- As Amare Stoudemire warmed up for the NBA All-Star Game on his home floor Sunday night, the Suns' efforts to trade him circled back to the Chicago Bulls, three people with knowledge of the situation told CBSSports.com.

The Suns are discussing financial and basketball trades with several teams, and disagreement within the organization -- and in the mind of managing partner Robert Sarver -- continues to complicate matters, one of the people said. One faction of the organization views trading Stoudemire as a "giant mistake" that would be difficult to recover from and views the firing of coach Terry Porter as a sufficient move for now. Asssistant Alvin Gentry is expected to take over for Porter Monday.

The Suns' efforts to find the best deal for Stoudemire have come back to the Bulls partly because of Phoenix's interest in Tyrus Thomas, one of the people said. The trade likely would have to include at least one of the following -- Drew Gooden, whose contract expires after this season, and Larry Hughes, whose deal comes off the books after 2009-10.

If the Suns decide to dump salary and go young, there could be an additional smaller deal that follows any Stoudemire move, one of the people with knowledge of the team's strategy said. Though several other teams are still in the mix and are being apprised of the progress with Stoudemire, one rival executive familiar with the talks said Portland evidently is no longer an option.

Stoudemire received a warm welcome from the home crowd during the All-Star starters' introductions at US Airways Center. He pounded his chest in return and smiled. Was it hello or good-bye?

UPDATE: With 40.1 seconds left in the West's 146-119 victory, Stoudemire swooped in for a breakaway dunk. He admitted wondering if it would be his last as a Sun.

"At that time, I just wanted to do a fantastic dunk," Stoudemire said. "And then after that, when I got done, I thought that might be the final dunk here. And if it was, two thumbs up."

But the Suns' situation is so convoluted that Stoudemire at once referred to Gentry as the new coach and the next minute said, "I have never gotten an official word from our organization. So I'm still not totally sure if he’s here or not."

Stoudemire said he'd spoken with team president Steve Kerr briefly this weekend, and Kerr said this: "He said from a financial standpoint, it hasn't changed. But hopefully, I’ll be a Phoenix Sun. ... Like I told you guys, it was 60-40 me being here. It still hasn’t changed. Hopefully, that 60 is true and I will be here. But I feel like there’s a 40 percent chance I won't be."

 

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Since: Oct 13, 2006
Posted on: February 16, 2009 2:56 am
 

Amare talks turn to Chicago, but ...

those guys are both mixed up they traded marion for jamario moon and jermaine oneal.




Since: Jul 23, 2008
Posted on: February 16, 2009 1:56 am
 

Amare talks turn to Chicago, but ...

I really don't see how Gentry will make any difference at all. I mean this team had D'Antoni on one end of the spectrum and Porter on the other. Suns struggled under both. Suns number one problem is their horrific bench. Only way to improve it is to have cap space which they don't have. Keeping Stat long term will cut even deeper into that cap. 

You can say its a mistake to trade Stat, but no one actually believes Stat is a guy you can build a team around. Stat just went through a stretch of 12 games where he averaged 6 boards per game. That's going to be your big guy that build a team around? We had guys coming off the bench with half the minutes get as many boards!

All that said Kerr better get something better than Tyrus Thomas and Gooden. If he does not get an equitable trade then I expect Kerr to hold on to Stat.




Since: Feb 27, 2008
Posted on: February 16, 2009 1:35 am
 

Amare talks turn to Chicago, but ...

That was Shawn Marion for O'Neal.  Shawn Marion who has been playing for the Heat, but used to play for the Suns.




Since: Oct 30, 2007
Posted on: February 16, 2009 1:02 am
 

Amare talks turn to Chicago, but ...

Damn I wish my Nets would get him. At first they were talking to the Nets alot but I don't think that the Nets are in the conversation as much anymore.  :(




Since: Sep 16, 2006
Posted on: February 16, 2009 12:40 am
 

Amare talks turn to Chicago, but ...

I'm a Laker fan so I obviously would love to see Amare leave the conference, but it's hard to stomach watching Phoenix make such a stupid move.  It makes about as much sense as trading Pau for his younger, unproven brother.  Oh yeah, Kwame Brown was the other half of that deal.  I could hear Lakers fans across the country cheering when we got rid of that worthless sack.

What an amazing fall from grace.  To think that they are only a couple of years removed from dominating the Pacific Division and having a two time MVP is mind boggling.  How can anyone take an elite franchise that was so close to making the Finals and trade away all of their talent?  There are only about five players I'd rather have on my team than Amare.  What idiot trades an All Star?  Kerr could bury the three but other than that I have an @$$ hair that can make better decisions than him.

I have an idea.  Why don't the Lakers trade Luke Walton for Amare.  In fact Phoenix can have his dad as part of the deal.  The catch is that he can never be on the TV again (Bill that is).



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Since: Nov 3, 2007
Posted on: February 16, 2009 12:19 am
 

Amare talks turn to Chicago, but ...

there is no question about whether they are going to trade Stoudemire.  that decision has already been made.  the only question is where he will end up.  both sides have agreed that a trade would be the best thing for Stoudemire and the Suns.




Since: Feb 12, 2007
Posted on: February 16, 2009 12:05 am
 

Amare talks turn to Chicago, but ...

Steve Kerr is trying to become the Matt Millen of the NBA.  A player turned announcer turned GM.



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