The TKB Mailbag opened less than 15 hours ago and in that time, we've gotten 11 questions about trading Amar'e Stoudemire, now that he's playing well. Of course, the Knicks would love to get out from under his contract, but trading him is a tall task. Using ESPN's trade calculator, we've put together some potential trades for Stoudemire and ranked their likelihood.
We'll start with the trade everyone wants...
Amar'e Stoudemire (NYK), Tim Hardaway Jr. (NYK) and Iman Shumpert (NYK) for Rajon Rondo (BOS) and Kris Humphries (BOS)This is the trade that people wants... except every person in Boston. Sure, it works out financially, but why in heaven would the Celtics want Amar'e Stoudemire? The answer is that they wouldn't. The only chance would be if they were so desperate to get out from either Kris Humphries or Gerald Wallaces contracts. Wallace has a contract that is bad, but it's no where near as bad as Stoudemire's. All in all, this is a fantasy and one that would never happen. If the Knicks had 1st round draft picks left, you could make the case that this type of trade makes sense for the Celtics but a 2018 1st rounder does little for a team that is ready to rebuild right now.
Amar'e Stoudemire (NYK), Raymond Felton (NYK) and Iman Shumpert (NYK) for Ty Lawson (DEN), Danilo Gallinari (DEN) and Darrell Arthur (DEN)Trying to make these trades workout financially is very tricky. In this case, the teams would swap point guards and the Knicks would essentially take back Gallinari in order to make Stoudemire's contract work out. What you'd have to hope for, in this case, is that the Denver Nuggets feel Iman Shumpert is worth taking a downgrade at point guard. If Stoudemire is playing well, he could be a great piece off the bench in Denver, but once again, this trade would have to ship Shumpert out.
Amar'e Stoudemire (NYK) and Iman Shumpert (NYK) for Nene Hillario (WAS), Trevor Booker (WAS) and Jan Vesely (WAS)If the Washington Wizards were interested in dumping three contracts that are a little hefty, they could easily do so in exchange for Stoudemire. A deal sweetened by Iman Shumpert, this trade would undoubtedly help the Knicks but with Bradley Beal in place, Shumpert isn't a guy they need right now.
Amare Stoudemire (NYK) and Iman Shumpert (NYK) for Danny Granger (IND), Luis Scola (IND) and Lance Stephenson (IND)This is actually a trade that sort of intrigues me. If there was a way for the Knicks to get Granger I think it would be worth exploring. He will be a free agent after this season and will have to take a huge pay cut after playing just 5 games last year and with no return in site. That said, this trade doesn't actually make sense for either team. If the Knicks wanted to go after Granger they could do it in the offseason and the Pacers wouldn't be interested in adding an even worse contract, even if they were acquiring Shumpert in the deal.
What trade would you like to see the Knicks pull off involving Stoudemire? Tell us below.