With the NBA trade deadline quickly approaching, February 18th to be exact, Phoenix Suns GM Steve Kerr has dropped the first bombshell name onto the league, 6′ 10″ power forward/center Amare Stoudemire.
Kerr has said that the Suns are increasing their efforts to trade away Stoudemire in exchange for some young talent and some good role players. Also in Kerr’s thought process is freeing up the cap space brought on by Stoudemire, who is making $16.3 million this season and is scheduled to make $17.7 million next season. According to sources, teams on all levels have shown interest, from bottom dwellers to playoff teams to championship contenders.
The Chicago Bulls, Cleveland Cavaliers and Miami Heat have all expressed interest in Stoudemire to make a big playoff push. Teams like the Philadelphia 76ers, New Jersey Nets, Detroit Pistons, Golden State Warriors and Minnesota Timberwolves have shown interest in what is believed to be a rent-a-player system in order to free up cap space for next season’s big free agent market. Stoudemire has the right to option out of his 17.7 million dollar deal for next season which would make him a free agent.
It is also interesting to think about him in Cleveland, back with Shaquille O’Neal, who many had thought could not co-exist in Phoenix and was adding much slower players just to gain size. I guess that is all up to LeBron James and his quest at finally getting a championship. The addition of Stoudemire could help them leap over Orlando and big man Dwight Howard, and also be a remedy for Boston’s Kevin Garnett, but who exactly do they unload?
For once the trade deadline actually brings intrigue. You can’t help but wonder which way the league goes on this one. Rent-A-Player or salary cap savior, either way Stoudemire will save someone short-term, but somehow it doesn’t seem to be the Suns. I gave up on even thinking about how GM’s make it work along time ago, and moments like this is clearly the reason why.
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