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Suns agree to terms with Warrick, Amar'e gone?

Posted on: July 2, 2010 12:04 pm
Edited on: July 2, 2010 12:07 pm
Amar'e Stoudemire may have dunked his last alley-oop in the Valley of the Suns .

Yahoo! Sports reports that the Suns have agreed to a four year, $18 million deal with free agent power forward Hakim Warrick. That pretty much spells the end of Amar'e in Phoenix. Especially considering the report also states that the Suns finally offered Amar'e a five-year contract, the hold-up in the efforts to re-sign him, but that the deal was dependent upon minutes played and the last two seasons were non-guaranteed. That's a pretty far gap from where Stoudemire wants to be, with a five-year, guaranteed, big money contract.

The signing of Warrick indicates that the Suns felt they had to move on after the latest talks stalled, and in this kind of market, there's no way applying pressure to Stoudemire is going to work. He's got major money, five-year offers waiting from multiple teams, and can likely negotiate with the Rockets on a sign and trade deal the Suns will agree to. He's heavily rumored to be leaning towards New York and a reunion with Mike D'Antoni.

As far as Warrick himself, he brings low production and high athleticism to the team at a valued price. It's hard to think that $18 was really a good price for him, but it does make a clear statement that the Suns are moving on. Warrick in the run and gun system with Nash is an intriguing prospect, considering that per 36 minutes last season he averaged close to 17 and 9. Warrick turns 28 in a few days, and has never really gotten significant minutes. Apparently the Suns saw enough in him to devote some payroll to him in order to avoid being put in a jam by Stoudemire's wandering eye.

A very different era in Suns basketball looks ready to begin, but nothing is anywhere near final yet.

-Matt Moore


Since: Dec 15, 2006
Posted on: July 2, 2010 3:55 pm

Suns agree to terms with Warrick, Amar'e gone?

I didn't like the idea when I clicked the article, but now that I've thought about it Warrick's PPG should pick up with Nash and Hill passing to him. I don't know if the formula we had for the playoffs was ever going to win a championship so its certainly worth the risk.

Since: May 26, 2009
Posted on: July 2, 2010 3:05 pm

Suns agree to terms with Warrick, Amar'e gone?

The Suns already took their chances with Amare Stoudemire. They couldn't get it done in 05, 07, or this past season. What else was there to prove? The Nash-Stoudemire tandem was never good enough to get past the elite teams of the Western Conference. Well, I say that with some reservation because of the way the officials screwed them back in 07, but what's done is done. That's all in the past now.

It will be a good thing to move on from Stoudemire at this stage. It makes more sense to rebuild with younger guys the way Phoenix has been doing. Frye, Dragic, Robin Lopez, and Warrick are all on the right side of 30. Having young talent paired with veteran leadership in Nash and Jason Richardson is the way to go. I think that Phoenix is set to make another deep run in the playoffs next year.

Since: May 26, 2009
Posted on: July 2, 2010 2:54 pm

Suns agree to terms with Warrick, Amar'e gone?

Hakim Warrick is a solid player with the potential to become very good. He will be a perfect fit in Phoenix's fast paced system. The Suns made a really good signing.

Since: Mar 8, 2008
Posted on: July 2, 2010 2:38 pm

Suns agree to terms with Warrick, Amar'e gone?

Hakim Warrick isn't even close to the talent Amar'e is. This is a big net loss for the Suns.

Since: Jul 2, 2010
Posted on: July 2, 2010 2:37 pm

Suns agree to terms with Warrick, Amar'e gone?

Amare is a good player.  But he only had one great game against the Lakers.  The boy also does;t rebound enough to be a max player.

Since: Mar 3, 2007
Posted on: July 2, 2010 1:38 pm

Suns agree to terms with Warrick, Amar'e gone?

Amare will have probably one decent season, but let's say he goes to the Knicks, but Lebron is there. Guess what? Lots of money, no shining role. If Lebron does not go to the Knicks, Amare will have to be the man. That's a tall order considering how the Lakers basically shut him down in the playoffs and overall, Amare was simply a presence, but not a major factor, in the Suns roll in the playoffs. The Suns medical staff is the best around...they have to believe that knee is not going to last five years, which is why they gave him three guaranteed. Let some other team eat this one. Amare will be a last resort after the Lebron-Wade-Bosh mess simmers down. The Suns simply need Lopez to step up his game and for Frye to stop dissappearing. The Suns now have money to get another fast big man to come off the bench to add to its defense. Quite frankly, the Suns can make the playoffs again, though it will take a bit to make a run in the playoffs. But they now have time (and will have a wallet) to stay a factor.

Since: Jan 20, 2007
Posted on: July 2, 2010 1:37 pm

Suns agree to terms with Warrick, Amar'e gone?

Amar'e doesn't have an inside game?

Did you not see what he did to Pau Gasol the whole WCF?

Sarvar and the organization dropped the ball on this one. Stupid move by management. Here's to another title-less decade in the desert.

Since: Oct 10, 2007
Posted on: July 2, 2010 1:06 pm

Suns agree to terms with Warrick, Amar'e gone?

Nash is the Gretzky of basketball.  He makes the players around him better, but when the assist chances arn't there he can score too.  I never thought Amare was worth the max contract he desired and i'm very happy the suns agree with that notion.  Warrick here is your chance to shine baby.  Do us suns fan's proud!

Since: Aug 19, 2006
Posted on: July 2, 2010 1:03 pm

Suns agree to terms with Warrick, Amar'e gone?

Warrick may provide some serious value for the money....he is athletic, and with Nash feeding him the ball in spots where he can be successful he very well may have a career year.  No, warrick isnt the centerpiece to a team, but he is a nice complimentary player who may fare better in with the Suns....

I hope he does, I have always been a big warrick fan...

one more thing...he isnt gonna bring a bloated ego with him, so it may be better for everyone involved when he buys into the system

Since: Feb 10, 2010
Posted on: July 2, 2010 12:52 pm

Suns agree to terms with Warrick, Amar'e gone?

Good news for Warrick = Bad news for Amare.

Amare will discover real quick how good Steve Nash is.  Without Nash, Amare will have to rely on his inside game (which is pretty much non-existent).  Also, Amare doesn't play defense or rebound.  This could actually be an upgrade for the Suns.

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