Amare Trade Rumors: Detroit in the mix?

With the trade deadline less than 10 days away, the Amare Stoudemire sweepstakes continue, and The Arizona Republic’s Paul Coro recently wrote that another team may have very well thrown their name into the hat. Coro reported a variation to the 76ers deal that was originally rumored to include forward Andre Iguodala and center Samuel Dalembert, with the new deal involving the Detroit Pistons coming in as a third team.

The deal would still bring Iguodala to Phoenix, but coming with him would be the Pistons’ seven-year forward out of Maryland, Chris Wilcox. Stoudemire would go to Detroit, while the 76ers would acquire Ben Gordon and cap filler.

Here is a scenario I dreamed up in the Trade Machine that works financially:

Phoenix receives: Iguodala and Wilcox ($3 million player option next season)

Detroit receives: Stoudemire

Philadelphia receives: Gordon and Kwame Brown ($4 million expiring contract)

The trade without the Pistons works financially, but I was originally skeptical, as there is almost no way that Robert Sarver and the Suns are willing to take on Dalembert’s ugly contract ($12.2 million owed next season) unless Jason Richardson is involved in the trade. The deal that made the most sense to me in the first place was STAT for Iguodala and Marreese Speights.

But Philadelphia seems reluctant to part with Speights, and may even be skeptical about acquiring Amare with his supposed interest in opting in — which would take away the immediate financial relief Philly is looking for — and the near-guarantee that he wouldn’t re-sign with the Sixers, making it almost pointless to go after the big man.

Enter the Detroit Pistons. The Pistons have been searching for a true “big man” for years now, and Amare may just be their man. They had rumored interest in Jazz forward Carlos Boozer over the summer but a deal was never reached. If the Pistons are able to shed Gordon’s contract in the trade, then they would most likely be able to show STAT the money that he is hoping for — or at least something close to it.

But does Amare really want to re-up in a city where the average house is around $7,500? The city is in shambles, and I’m sure the idea of Miami Beach among other places has Amare grimacing at the idea of Motown.

Also, this deal makes almost no sense for Philadelphia. Why would the Sixers ever want to take on Ben Gordon’s contract ($48 million over the next four years) when they are trying to cut costs and go in a new direction? Gordon and his salary don’t fit into the equation of a team attempting to rebuild.

But the trade certainly makes sense for Phoenix, as the Suns get their guy in Iguodala, along with a serviceable, athletic big man in Wilcox, who holds a $3 million player option for next season.

If the Suns are that sold on Iguodala being a cog in their future for the next four years, then it makes sense for them to pull the trigger. With Suns senior VP of basketball operations David Griffin scouting Iguodala in New Orleans last Friday, they appear to be sold.

It would be ideal for Phoenix to pry away another piece in addition to Iguodala and Wilcox, such as Speights or maybe point guard Jrue Holiday, but as The Rolling Stones would say, you can’t always get what you want.

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