After recent discussions with Amar’e Stoudemire’s agent that didn’t appear to destine a contract extension, the Phoenix Suns have increased their efforts to trade the All-Star forward, league sources told Yahoo! Sports on Sunday night.I don't believe the Cavs have the chips to get Amar'e, so I suppose the most dangerous landing spots would be Chicago and Miami, two teams rumored to be interested in signing Stoudemire in the Summer. If the Bulls get a deal done centered around Tyrus Thomas, their team would look suddenly pretty scary. Seem like a perfect fit, but keep in mind that Bulls owner Jerry Reinsdorf has a tendency to get involved and mess up big deals (see Gasol, Kobe, D'Antoni... not wanting to continue to pay for the Bulls dynasty back in '98).
League executives say the Suns have become more active initiating talks over the past few days, and believe the franchise will take the best offer for Stoudemire before the Feb. 18 trade deadline. The Chicago Bulls,Miami Heat, Philadelphia 76ers, New Jersey Nets and Detroit Pistons are among multiple teams that have a strong interest in Stoudemire, sources say. The Arizona Republic reported Sunday night that the Golden State Warriors and Cleveland Cavaliers have also inquired about Stoudemire.
For the Heat, I'd think they'd be reluctant to move Michael Beasley and if they could keep him, a Wade, Amar'e, Beasley threesome would be very formidable. Should be interesting, because while Stoudemire is not in the Wade/Lebron class of players, he is good enough to make a good team a contender. JR 1/25/2010 03:01:00 PM Tweet