"...League sources have told Yahoo! Sports that the Suns are increasing their efforts to trade forward Amare Stoudemire.All I know is that Steve Kerr better get this one right, seeing that Steve Nash decided to finish his career in the Valley of the Sun. Kerr better do better than expiring contracts and draft picks.
Recent discussions between the team and Stoudemire's agent didn't move towards an agreement on a contract extension.
The All-Star can become a free agent after the season.
"Someone will pay him the max – or very close," one Western Conference executive said.
The sources believe that the Suns will take the best offer for Stoudemire prior to the Feb. 18 trade deadline.
The Bulls, Heat, 76ers and Nets are among several teams interested in Stoudemire, according to the report.
In addition, the Arizona Republic writes that the Cavaliers and Warriors are interested..."
Interesting not to see the Knicks interested there, but I can imagine the Knicks would have to surrender David Lee along with a combination of Gallinari, Hill and Chandler to get involved with conversations.
The Knicks can wait to see what team he is dealt to, then make a push as a Plan B should they fail to land Lebron James.
"...Someone will pay him the max – or very close,” one Western Conference executive predicted.I am a fan of Stoudemire's. It's hard not to be a fan of that combination of athleticism and skill. I hear the debate of he versus David Lee. Amar'e is injury prone, yes, but he's a better player on both ends of the floor. Is he a better value player, especially when people say he'll get the max? I'm not sure he is.
As it stands now, it appears unlikely that will be the Phoenix Suns..."
If you build your franchise around him, you better have a great point guard and some shooters,too.