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Free-Agent Buzz (UPDATE)

Posted on: July 2, 2010 4:59 pm
Edited on: July 2, 2010 11:30 pm
 

Amar'e Stoudemire will arrive in New York Saturday with "broad agreement" on the Knicks' five-year, nearly $100 million proposal, a person with knowledge of the deal said.

Stoudemire's agent, Happy Walters, broke off talks with the Suns Friday, almost certainly ending his eight-year tenure there. Stoudemire rejected a five-year offer from Phoenix that wasn't fully guaranteed in the final season with a clause that included playing-time incentives, according to the Arizona Republic .

After the Stoudemire talks broke down, the Suns agreed to terms with power forward Hakim Warrick on a four-year, $18 million deal. To consummate that contract on July 8, the Suns will have to renounce their rights to Stoudemire, meaning he couldn't be signed and traded at that point.

While a deal with the Knicks is preferable to the incentive-laden contract Phoenix was offering, there are concerns on both sides that will have to be addressed this weekend. Stoudemire, like other second-tier free agents, is worried about being the only superstar to come to New York, where fans have been speculating for two years that LeBron James would wind up in a Knicks jersey. Stoudemire was said to have spent Friday trying to recruit a fellow All-Star to join him, with the most likely targets being the Hawks' Joe Johnson and the Spurs' Tony Parker.

As for the Knicks, Stoudemire's knees and eye will be subject to thorough exams by the team's medical staff. Reports have indicated that Stoudemire's contract will not be insurable due to his injury history.

Warrick, who averaged 9.6 points and 4.1 rebounds in 76 games last season with the Bulls and Bucks, was among the surprise deals of free agency thus far. "Mindboggling," one rival executive called it. "He played for $3 million last season and the Bucks couldn't wait to get rid of him."

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Point guard Steve Blake agreed to a four-year, $16 million deal with the Lakers, insurance in case free agent Derek Fisher leaves, a person with knowledge of the agreement said. The Blake signing probably takes the Lakers out of th running for sharpshooter Mike Miller, but not entirely, the source said.  When deals become official July 8, the Lakers would have the option to work out a sign-and-trade with the Clippers for Blake and still give their mid-level exception to Miller. That scenario, however, appears unlikely. Miller also has attracted significant interest from the Knicks and several other teams.
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The Blazers, Knicks, Bulls and Clippers have expressed interest in Spurs free-agent guard Roger Mason, while the Jazz, Nuggets, Bobcats, Knicks and Heat are pursuing Suns free-agent forward Louis Amundson, sources say.
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John Salmons' five-year, $40 million agreement to return to the Bucks was finalized Friday, pending the official paperwork after the moratorium on player movement is lifted on July 8, a person with knowledge of the deal confirmed to CBSSports.com.











Comments

Since: Sep 5, 2008
Posted on: July 3, 2010 10:57 am
 

Free-Agent Buzz (UPDATE)

So this is just another case of someone who has the reputation and the name, but has done nothing.  He is out for the bucks and that's it.  He is willing to leave a team that is playoff bound today, for a team that can't even think about the playoffs for a few years yet, and that's IF they get some other fool that is willing to play with this injury ridden "star".  Everyone kows of his injuries, so will Bosh, Wade, Dirk, Joe, or James go to the Knocks and get stuck as the ONLY player when he goes down with his injuries, hell no.  If the Knicks pay him this much it better be with an incentive to produce contract so they don't get stuck.  But knowing what the Knicks have done in the past, they will just throw money at him and he'll sit on the bench and cont it for the next few years.



Since: Jun 17, 2009
Posted on: July 3, 2010 10:23 am
 

Free-Agent Buzz (UPDATE)

LEBRON IS NOT STAYING IN CLEVELAND, AND THERE IS NO WAY THE RAPTORS WILL DO A SIGN AND TRADE WITH THE GARBAGE THE CAVS HAVE ON THEIR ROSTER. I AM NOT SAYING HES GOING TO THE KNICKS, BECAUSE I WANT MELO, BUT HES NOT STAYING IN THAT BORING LOW CLASS CITY. SO HA!


THE GOOD THING ABOUT LIVING IN NY IS THAT WE WONT CRY IF WE LOSE A PLAYER: BECAUSE THERES SO MANY GREAT THINGS GOING ON, SO CLEVELANDERS GET YOUR TISSUES READY!



Since: Jun 17, 2009
Posted on: July 3, 2010 10:18 am
 

Free-Agent Buzz (UPDATE)

I love how everyone is friggin MD! The guy played in ALL 82 games last year and averaged 23-9. Good pickup by the Knicks, and they have room for 1 more MAX, and next year they will have another MAX player; with Eddy Curry's 11.5 comin off the books. The negative loudmouths will shut up soon enough. Go Knicks!


Akron Buckeye
Since: Nov 19, 2006
Posted on: July 3, 2010 10:16 am
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Since: Oct 21, 2008
Posted on: July 3, 2010 8:52 am
 

Free-Agent Buzz (UPDATE)

Kobe has talent around him. Jordan had talent around him. Lebron has NO talent around him.  He does not have another current all star playing besides him. During his career, Jordan had several including a very capable Robin to his Batman in Scottie Pippen. Kobe had a hall of famer playing Batman to his Robin in young and healthy Shaquille O'Neal. Now he has Pau Gasol, and some very talented players. Lebron has...Mo Williams? Not a hall of famer, shouldn't have ever been an all star. I think Lebron should stay as well. And I would hate for him and Wade to be on the same team. But unless Cleveland finds better talent to put around him, he would never win there. Or not win as many as he should.  So, maybe give him a little break.




Since: Dec 19, 2006
Posted on: July 3, 2010 8:16 am
 

Free-Agent Buzz (UPDATE)

100 million to a guy racked by injuries?  And uninsurable?
Take a lesson from the Sixers, if you want to shell out gobs of money to guys that can't stay healthy, you will put yourself in salary-cap hell for years to come.
Just don't do it.



Since: Oct 1, 2006
Posted on: July 3, 2010 4:29 am
 

Free-Agent Buzz (UPDATE)

Steve Nash is a sure fire  hall of famer when his career is over.  The first ballot could be locked up with Amare going to NY and proving that the numbers without Nash are not as great.  Amare might get the points and the rebounds but his shooting percentage will almost assuredly plummet without Nash getting him easy baskets.  Let's see how good Hakim Warrick will be with Nash.



Since: Sep 11, 2007
Posted on: July 3, 2010 3:57 am
 

Free-Agent Buzz (UPDATE)

I'm going to throw this out there- I used to be a big fan of Lebron, but I hate him now.  Not for the hoopla around this whole thing, but how much of a baby he's being.  Did Jordan want to play with all of the best of his generation?  Know, he wanted to kill all of them.  This whole building an all star team- "I want to go to Chicago or Miami where I can play with two or three other all stars" is a ridiculous mentality.  I am a big Knicks fan and would love to see him here, but if you want to be great like Jordan- you stay with the Cavs.  You don't be a baby and go join an all star squad.  I've always hated Kobe, but he plays with his team for championships, while Lebron is worried about his global brand and trying to build an all star team.  Cleveland deserves better than this trash.  I always thought he was the heir to Jordan, but more athletic- but Jordan would never leave a city because he hadn't won there, he'd see it as more of a challenge.  This whole thing is a joke



Since: Feb 11, 2009
Posted on: July 3, 2010 2:49 am
 

now how bout a pg

without an exceptional point guard this isn't enough.
amare is not a take the game over by himself player.
he needs players around him who can feed him the ball.
also, he doesn't always play defense.  he doesn't always rebound.
i think the knicks believe a lot of the all star fa's are staying put.



Since: Jan 15, 2007
Posted on: July 3, 2010 2:31 am
 

Free-Agent Buzz (UPDATE)


This is why Phoenix said adios to this guy, and why the Knicks will suck for the next decade.
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Stoudemire rejected a five-year offer from Phoenix or did you miss the part? I don't think offering a player a five year deal is saying adios but nice try. I am no Knicks fan but I think he would be a great addition and then they bring someone else in with him they will not suck for the next decade. Amare is a great player when he wants to be and i think a change of scenery is what he needs.


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