Realgm.com has reported that the Phoenix Suns and Golden State Warriors have discussed a possible trade that would send Amar’e to the Warriors for center Andris Biedrins and the seventh overall pick in tonight’s draft.
The validity of this rumor is in question, but it is a trade that makes sense for both teams. The Warriors are a team lacking that big-time name, and bringing in a guy like STAT could fill that void.
As for the Suns, Biedrins is an up-and-coming center from Latvia who could provide shot blocking, rebounding and a presence down low.
The 6-11, 245-pounder averaged 11.9 ppg, 11.2 rpg, and 1.6 bpg in his fifth season in the NBA. He is only 23 and has tons of room for improvement in his game.
The trade not only brings the Suns Biedrins, but they also gain another lottery pick to go along with number 14. The seventh pick could easily snag a guy like Jonny Flynn, Brandon Jennings or even a power forward like Jordan Hill to play alongside Biedrins. The Suns love are extremely high on Flynn and clearly wouldn’t mind having Jennings or Hill either.
This deal would give the Suns an entirely new look and a ton of youth, which is something Suns fans have been looking for after last season’s debacle.
The Houston rumor
Another rumor being thrown around is a deal with Houston that would send Amar’e and LB to the Rockets for T-Mac, Carl Landry, and .
This deal, however seems to be a media creation and simply speculation. However, ESPN’s Ric Bucher responded to questions about the deal on his twitter account. He answered, “Brief talks between Hou and PHX, TMac 4 JRich. Couldn’t get the #s to work. No talk since I’m told.”
Bucher also stated about the Suns, “Next team will be built 2 protect/play w/Nash.”
While the rumors continue to fly around, it seems that Kerr and Sarver are indeed shopping STAT and J-Rich and doing their best to do whatever it takes to keep Nash for the long haul.
Should be an interesting next couple of hours.