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Sixers call Knicks about Amar'e Stoudemire trade?

Posted on: January 29, 2012 2:06 pm
Edited on: January 30, 2012 10:43 am
 
Amar'e Stoudemire is reportedly drawing interest from the 76ers. (Getty Images)
Posted by Ben Golliver 

The vultures are swirling around the big, rotten apple.

With the New York Knicks just 7-13 to start the season and All-Star forward Amar'e Stoudemire scoring 8 points per game less than last season, the first rush of trade winds is in effect.

CSNPhilly.com reports that it is the Philadelphia 76ers, an Atlantic Division rival, that phoned the Knicks to inquire about Stoudemire's availability.
According to a league source, the Sixers have inquired about Stoudemire, though it was categorized as “due diligence.” Nothing is said to be imminent or even in the early stages other than just talk, the source said. Nevertheless, in past seasons the Sixers were reportedly discussing trade scenarios with the Phoenix Suns in order to acquire Stoudemire.
The Knicks' early season struggles are well-documented. Without a capable point guard to point the group in the right direction, New York has stumbled out of the gate and is currently tracking to be a lottery team despite the presence of two All-Stars and Tyson Chandler in the starting lineup.

Stoudemire, who drew some MVP talk last season, has been hit particularly hard, averaging just 17.7 points and shooting 42.8 percent from the field so far this season. For comparison, he hasn't averaged less than 20 points in a season in which he was healthy since his rookie year in 2002-2003 and he's a career 53.3 percent shooter. His effectiveness on offense, the only side of the ball where he's a real difference-maker, has plummeted from elite to pedestrian.

To see those changes from a 29-year-old player of his caliber, even one with his injury history, is unusual. The obvious read here is that the struggles are of the situational variety. The lack of a backcourt plus the lockout-shortened season plus the presence of a ball-dominating Carmelo Anthony is a tricky trio for Stoudemire to overcome. Smart teams should be calling.

Of course that doesn't mean that he's actually going anywhere. Including this season, Stoudemire has roughly $83 million left to be payed on the massive contract he signed prior to last season. Given that he can't be amnestied by a team that trades for him, any suitor would assume all of the injury-related risk that the massive contract represents. With the new collective bargaining agreement's harsher luxury tax system kicking in soon, teams are expected to be increasingly wary of having monster type deals on their books for non-monster performers. 

The questions right now: Will Stoudemire return to form and, if so, when? If it doesn't happen soon, and in a big way, it will be next to impossible to trade him before the deadline. If it does happen, New York's motivation to keep him skyrockets. Unless his personal improvement brings with it an even deeper team-wide struggle, it's difficult to see a sweet spot created where other teams are interested in his services at his price and New York is willing to part ways.

This was a long-winded way of saying these rumors are premature.

Related: Another trade scenario, involving Stoudemire in a package to the Orlando Magic for All-Star center Dwight Howard, was also raised last week

Comments

Since: Sep 17, 2008
Posted on: January 29, 2012 3:09 pm
 

Sixers call Knicks about Amar'e Stoudemire trade?

if they got rid of stoudamire it would be the complete demise of this team at the hands of melo.  first they traded all their depth to get the guy.  overpaid him given the known changes that were coming along to salary structure this season, and lastly they are talking about trading the guy who was being hailed as an mvp candidate before his arrival.  a guy who was singlehandedly turning around this pathetic franchise. blame the PG, that's right... because no team wins without a PG.  please.



Since: Nov 14, 2011
Posted on: January 29, 2012 3:03 pm
 

Sixers call Knicks about Amar'e Stoudemire trade?

The knicks need to stick it out and wait to see if Baron Davis can help with the poor point guard play. It all starts with the PG and the Knicks don't have one period and until they get a real PG that can run the oofense they will struggle. Just sit tight and wait to see what Davis can do and if that don't work see if you can get D-will in the off season. The knicks have the right team in place they are just missing a PG and  good 6th man. They will be fine and oh last but not least they need a better head coach. And one that makes them play defense!



Since: May 18, 2009
Posted on: January 29, 2012 2:54 pm
 

Sixers call Knicks about Amar'e Stoudemire trade?

What...no BIG 3? Bunch of panzies. These player's deserve to be where they are at. They all asked for it, but of course as is in the NBA. When things don't go your way as player's, they immidialtly want out of bad situations...that they help create with their HUGE ego's. Let them sit and suffer along with the likes of the Hornets and Raps. This is the problem with the NBA. It is UNLIKE any other sport, where building through the draft is impossible now-a-days. Whats the point of drafting if all they have planned is to leave after their contracts are up so they can go play with their buddies. C'Mon Man! The NBA has gone to SHIT and Davis Stern is atop of the shit pile. The whole league reeks from BS, from player's to the owner's and especially the broadcaster's. There is nothing like watching a washed up NBA hack's act like kids. Ya, you TNT!!! Bunch of turd's. I'm the REAL Superman!!! Shut UP already. You know what Shaqueen, you aren't. Heck, Dwight Howard isn't. Leave it to Clark Kent ya fools. Stick with "The Diesel", remember that nic Shaq? And Dwight, stick with D12 will ya. No One cares! Call yourselves Catwoman if ya like, suits ya's better.



Since: Jan 5, 2010
Posted on: January 29, 2012 2:50 pm
 

Sixers call Knicks about Amar'e Stoudemire trade?

i would want brand, jrue holliday and thadeus young in return plus draft picks. anything less than that shouldnt even be discussed.



Since: Aug 19, 2006
Posted on: January 29, 2012 2:50 pm
 

Sixers call Knicks about Amar'e Stoudemire trade?

its not Melo's fault..D'antoni offense is point guard orient..Thats why Nash has two MVP'S and felton had his best season ever? the offense should never flow thru melo...They guess wrong when they signed chandler instead of getting cp3 or waiting for D-Will



Since: Aug 19, 2006
Posted on: January 29, 2012 2:45 pm
 

Sixers call Knicks about Amar'e Stoudemire trade?

And who would the knicks receive in return??



Since: Oct 29, 2010
Posted on: January 29, 2012 2:43 pm
 

Sixers call Knicks about Amar'e Stoudemire trade?

Stoudemire is a great player who had his wings clipped and the team downgraded when they lost Felton and got Anthony.Carmello is a good talent that plays selfishly, with no concept of defense and little heart when things don't go his way.Felton got Stoudemire involved and was enough of a threat to take focus away from Amare and let him do what he does best in the paint.


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