Blog Entry

Kerr departure clouds Amare's future (UPDATE)

Posted on: June 15, 2010 6:19 pm
Edited on: June 15, 2010 9:01 pm
LOS ANGELES -- Steve Kerr's stunning announcement Tuesday that he will not return as the Suns' president of basketball operations next season sent shockwaves through the team's No. 1 plan for this summer: retaining Amar'e Stoudemire.

Stoudemire has been open to exploring his options as an unrestricted free agent by opting out of his contract in the event an extension could not be reached with the Suns. But the departure of Kerr, who had been handling the early stages of the negotiation with Stoudemire's agent, Happy Walters, cast a cloud of uncertainty over the process.

A person familiar with Kerr's decision to step down and return to the television booth in Doug Collins' analyst spot with TNT said it unfolded over the past couple of the weeks and left a sour taste on both sides of the Stoudemire negotiation. Kerr's contract was set to expire after the June 24 draft, and it appears to be another episode of penny-pinching by owner Robert Sarver that spurred Kerr's decision to leave the organization only weeks after the Suns made a surprising run to the Western Conference finals. Kerr, according to sources, was asked to take a significant pay cut on his new deal, a slap in the face given the Suns' successful season.

But another person familiar with the situation told that Kerr's decision also was related to frustration that Sarver had not yet committed to a full-length, maximum-salary contract for Stoudemire. The Suns have made several offers to Stoudemire this summer, but the person familiar with the situation said the parameters of the offers are "not where they need to be." Now, with the departure of Kerr -- who is trusted by both Stoudemire and Walters -- Stoudemire's future in Phoenix is more uncertain than ever.

As the situation unfolded Tuesday, it was not immediately clear whether Kerr's top lieutenant, assistant GM David Griffin, would be promoted to the No. 1 job or the Suns would orchestrate a search for Kerr's replacement.

Kerr's departure was first reported by the Arizona Republic and KTAR in Phoenix, the Suns' flagship radio station.

Several of Kerr's personnel moves fueled the Suns' run to the conference finals, including reversing course on his controversial acquisition of Shaquille O'Neal by trading him to Cleveland; acquiring Jason Richardson and Jared Dudley from Charlotte; and drafting Robin Lopez and Goran Dragic in 2008. All four players played prominent roles in the Suns' return to the Western Conference elite this season.

Stoudemire, who is working out and strategizing with his agent in Miami, will enter the final stages of his renegotiation with serious doubts about the direction of the organization. The Heat, with enough cap space to add a max free agent alongside Dwyane Wade, are among the most likely destinations for Stoudemire if he does not re-sign with Phoenix.


Since: Aug 28, 2006
Posted on: June 19, 2010 11:02 am

Kerr departure clouds Amare's future (UPDATE)

Amare is not in the same class as Bosh, Wade or LeBron. Amare is not a max contract kind of player. While he is talented and the Suns are better off with him then with out, I don't think signing him to a long term tell is a good idea. He only played half ass in the West Conf finals in a contract year. Sure he had that one great game but he also had a game where it had 3 rebounds. He doesn't want to play Defense, all he cares about are his stats (he even wants his nickname to be 'stat'). He also has had injuries to both his knee and his eye. I can see him turning into a player like Grant Hill was for Magic. Getting paid more in Millions then in Games played.

Since: Mar 25, 2008
Posted on: June 17, 2010 12:19 pm

Kerr departure clouds Amare's future (UPDATE)

LOL - great pont about Sarver.  He's almost single handedly pushed Amare to leave the Suns as he could have gotten him signed to a max deal by now.  Considering Nash is 37 and near the end of his career, Amare was the franchise player to build around.  The Suns have some good complimentary players in Richardson, Dudley, Frye, and Lopez, but no superstar if Stoudemire leaves.  This will mean the Suns will be a lottery team in a very strong Western conference if Amare signs on with Miami or another contender.  Penny wise and pound foolish.

Since: Jan 23, 2008
Posted on: June 16, 2010 5:43 pm

Kerr departure clouds Amare's future (UPDATE)

lol.  good post.

He's already said publicly that he's going to test free agency, and what player of his caliber waits till they're a free agent to re-sign with their respective team?

This isn't brain salad surgery.  

One thing I'd heard (twitter or story online, I forget), but all the big free agents were going to meet to discuss their future plans.  I believe that group was at least LeBron, Wade, Amare, and Bosh.  I wouldn't be surprised to see if 2 or 3 of them can't all get on the same team together. 

Anyway, as far as knowing him, I know enough.  My friend met him and told me what he was like.  I can't get specific or my friend might get in trouble, but I combine what he said with what I've seen first hand and what I've heard of the guy and I'd say he's not a very likable guy.  My friend isn't so politically correct.  He pretty much called him a pompous, arrogant, horse's azz. 

He doesn't have the personality of a guy who's going to stay in Phoenix because he cares about the well-being of the franchise.  He only cares about himself.  

IF he stays in Phoenix, then I'd say maybe he's in a comfort zone and doesn't want to relocate, or maybe he gets along better with Nash and some teammates than I'd guess.  I don't live in Phoenix and follow all the stories, but honestly, I never see him joke around with teammates.  He always seems like a loner who plays by his own rules.

But, I think he's going for money and that's it.  He wants to get paid more than Phoenix can (or is willing to) pay.

Having said all that, this story is about Kerr's departure clouding Amare's future and that's what I initially responded to.  Do you honestly think Steve Kerr leaving is going to matter one bit?  Don't you think Amare and the franchise pretty much made up their minds over a year ago when they didn't get him under contract before the final season of his contract?  That's generally how it works. 

Same goes for LeBron.  I mean really, if he wanted to stay in Cleveland, do you really think he'd waited till now to re-sign?  For dramatic effect, it'd be a pretty big deal if he did stay, but I think most people expect he's gone.

Still, none of us truly know, which is why a stupid story like Kerr's departure having an effect is as plausible as any other dumb story out there.  Just sounds like a bored writer to me, reaching for stupid straws for lack of any creativity or factual information to report. 

If you were a writer, wouldn't you find it more constructive to interview Amare and gauge him rather than just write some stupid, obscure story that means absolutely nothing?

That's where I'm coming from.  lol.  Don't mind me being long-winded.  I'm at work and bored, but I think I can jettison a bit early.


Since: Nov 10, 2006
Posted on: June 16, 2010 12:43 pm

Kerr departure clouds Amare's future (UPDATE)

ok, so F amare... I'm so tired of his inconsistent arse... 3 years ago we coulda gotten KG for him... the championship woulda already been won had we done that.... let Amare walk and sign Bosh for max.... we would be a better team on both ends of the floor... please just leave Amare... just go

Since: Jan 18, 2008
Posted on: June 16, 2010 11:26 am

Kerr departure clouds Amare's future (UPDATE)

I think people are overlooking the fact that, although Shaq didn't necesarily work, it did free the Suns of the Marcus Banks contract, which was a  very big move for the suns

Since: Apr 18, 2007
Posted on: June 16, 2010 11:23 am

Kerr departure clouds Amare's future (UPDATE)

Obviously Pinktoad is a good friend of Amare's.  He must be the way he has the inside scoop on Amare's thought process and expected payout.  Otherwise it is all speculative, opinionated, waste of time garbage that Pinktoad wasted his time writing; subject this bs to us readers; and was so inconsiderate to waste our time with this garbage.

Since: Sep 15, 2006
Posted on: June 16, 2010 10:37 am

Addition by Subtraction

Getting rid of Shaq was addition by subtraction.  A high octane offense like the Sun's does not need a slow, lumbering big man who walks or jobs up the court.  Hell, Shaq would only make it to half court a lot of times before the play was over, so he was no where to be found when an offensive rebound was needed.  Opening the cap space to acquire Frye was a blessing, as Frye can run the court, hit a three or post up.  He is more in line with the Suns offense than Shaq ever would be.  Right now, the one thing that the Suns need most is a new owner.  Suns fans should burn Robert Sarver in effigy in front of the arena.

Since: Jan 23, 2008
Posted on: June 16, 2010 10:37 am

Kerr departure clouds Amare's future (UPDATE)

This doesn't cast a cloud, except to the beat writer who knows nothing and is trying to retain his job by meeting his quota with some garbage reporting.

Man, talk to Amare and get a real story instead of all this speculative, opinionated, waste-of-time garbage.  I'm not sure why 1) you would waste your time writing this, 2) you would subject readers to this bs, 3) that you're so inconsiderate as to waste our time with this garbage, and more importantly 4) why you still have a job.

Anyone who knows Amare, knows he's going to play free agency to see how big a contract he can get.  What Kerr does or doesn't do has no impact on Amare what-so-ever.  What the Suns do doesn't matter unless they guarantee to give him 10% more than the highest offer he receives. 

If Amare wanted to stay in Phoenix and if Kerr had anything to do with it at all, this all would have been worked out at least a year ago.  Come on dude, stop hitting the snooze bar, it's time to wake up and smell the coffee.

Since: Mar 5, 2008
Posted on: June 16, 2010 9:36 am

Kerr departure clouds Amare's future (UPDATE)

Sorry but you're wrong.  It created cap space that allowed us to sign Channing Frye. 

Since: Jan 6, 2008
Posted on: June 16, 2010 12:33 am

Kerr departure clouds Amare's future (UPDATE)

Trading Shaq to Cleveland did absolutely nothing to fuel the run considering that the Suns acquired absolutely nothing for him.

The views expressed in this blog are solely those of the author and do not reflect the views of CBS Sports or