Amare Stoudemire remains with Suns


Despite endless speculation of a trade, Amare Stoudemire will remain with the Suns for at least the rest of the season. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)

All the speculation, rumor, agony and excitement has gone for nothing. The NBA trade deadline has passed and Amare Stoudemire has not been traded, meaning he will stay with the Phoenix Suns for at least the rest of the season.

While it comes as a relief to many fans that Stoudemire, a face of Suns basketball for almost eight years, will remain in purple and orange, some will see the lack of a deal as the Suns’ failure to obtain something for Stoudemire. If Stoudemire chooses not to pick up the option on the final year of his contract for $17.7 million, he can leave Phoenix as an unrestricted free agent and the Suns get nothing.

It seemed for days that a trade was imminent, with the Cleveland Cavaliers the most likely suitor. Even Stoudemire believed he would be traded. But when the Suns decided that J.J. Hickson, Zydrunas Ilgauskas and a draft pick from a contender wasn’t enough for their top scorer and the West’s starting center in last week’s All-Star Game, they turned the Cavaliers down. The Cavs got their man anyway in Wizards forward Antawn Jamison.

With the Miami Heat as the only real suitor left, it started to seem like no trade would happen, as the Heat’s offer didn’t include forward Michael Beasley. The Philadelphia 76ers were long out of the picture and dark horses like the Chicago Bulls or New Jersey Nets were mostly forgotten.

After the Suns’ loss in Dallas Wednesday night, Stoudemire told Fanhouse.com that he had been told by Suns owner Robert Sarver that he would most likely remain with the Suns. Sarver confirmed the report Thursday morning to ESPN.com.

Then with the deadline just 15 minutes away, a mystery team tried in vain to pull off a last-second trade for Stoudemire. ESPN even reported that a trade for Stoudemire “was on life support,” but nothing came of it.

And with that, another year of Amare Stoudemire trade drama concluded today at 1 p.m. MST.

The drama is far from over though, as questions now turn to Stoudemire’s future. Stoudemire has told FanHouse twice that he is leaning toward opting in to the final year of his contract, but he told The Arizona Republic Wednesday night that he wasn’t sure about his future with the Suns.

While things will likely quiet down for a while as the Suns fight for playoff position in the Western Conference, questions will linger about an extension and Stoudemire’s option.

It’s known that Stoudemire was bothered by being shopped so aggressively. What’s not known is how much it bothered him. It could be enough for him to decide he isn’t wanted in Phoenix and pack his bags at the end of the season. Or it might be a lesser issue and he could end up working out a deal to remain a Phoenix Sun for years.

ESPN’s Chad Ford tweeted shortly after the trade deadline passed that Sarver, general manager Steve Kerr, Stoudemire and his agent would meet for dinner tonight to “calm the waters.”

So the big question has been answered for now, but even more questions remain in the future.

Tags: Amar'e Stoudemire Phoenix Suns Rumors

  • king Fahd

    Believe it or not, Suns are back in the driver seat in this situation. For the recent trade rumors getting to Amar'e, this made Stat play the basketball in the past few weeks, which creates a good momentum to finish off the season. Plus, remember the Suns still have the ability to sign him to an extension. If he opts to be an unrestricted free agent this summer, then the Suns have the "Bird" right to offer him the most money. I think the Suns need to wait who gets bought out by March 1st, and hopefully sign one (or two) key player(s), heading in for a strong playoff push. But once again, good move by the cheap banker (Sarver) to stand pat, and not get rid of their best finisher!

  • John

    Unless Kerr has an informal arrangement with Stoudemire’s agent already worked out, I think the Suns may get nothing for Stoudemire. Even if he can’t get $17 million a year from another team and no one knows that yet, he can pick and choose from other teams that will show him some love. He knows that his time with Nash is growing to an end, so he may look for greener pastures. Depending on what owners have to spend due to the economic times, Stoudemire is in the driver seat and if the Suns get nothing for him, those that disagreed with a trade will have neither Stoudemire nor compensation.

  • http://www.twitter.com/arturbm Artur Mascarenhas

    Great, lets not make a move! Its fine to be a mediocre team!

    This season is over, we’ll be gone in the first round, IF we make to the playoffs.

    I am fine with Amare staying, but now it means we have to build around him, right? We cant let him leave for nothing. I hope Sarver promised some help to Amare after Nash is gone.

    Everyday I hate Sarver and Kerr more and more… and I got the feeling I am not the only one.

  • Arman Sidhu

    Amare Rules and you know it losers!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • Melancholick

    I would be a lot more optimistic about the state of this outcome if the Suns hadn’t apparently been so friggin’ blase’ about the situation to begin with. Everything Kerr’s done in the last few weeks has been tooled to convincing the guy that he isn’t worth max money and that he NEEDS to go in order for the franchise to move forward; the fact that he’s staying put comes off like nothing but a tail-tuck response to the fact that the Cavs pulled the rug out from under them at the last moment.

    I stand by Amar’e as a fan who bleeds purple and copper, but c’mon. If my boss told me outright that I was getting laid off so they could hire someone else, and then–two hours before it was scheduled to happen–suddenly started making nice and trying to get me to stay on as a “valued employee,” I think I know exactly what my response would be. The moment a comparable situation popped up, I wouldn’t hesitate to consider it.

    It’s just sad that a team that prides itself on such strong community can fall so bloody short when it comes to the opportunities to SHOW it.

  • Ted

    I think there has been a lot of hating on Steve Kerr on here lately. I see people talking so much garbage about him, but really, he has made some solid decisions even if they didn’t seem so at the time. To me his worst move was trading Shaq away. When he traded to get the big cactus i was mad, but it seemed like it was ok but for a terrible last second 3 by Timmy D that ruined the suns.

    He really has made some smart moves and signings. He got Nash and Hill to sign extensions, he drafted Big Bird (aka robin lopez) and Goran, which both look better and better every day! He signed Matt Barnes last year who was solid, and Sweet Lou Amundson who is a fan fave. Not to mention stealing Frye.

    Amar’e is my favorite player to watch in the NBA and I would have been irate had we traded him, but I always understood why. To say if he walks away this summer, we lose him for nothing that’s a little harsh to me. We pretty much guarantee making the playoffs, and even tho we aren’t title contenders I could see this team making some noise. And even if he leaves we have a large amount of cap space. If he opts out and signs with a new team, it will be within 24 hours of the deadline, that will leave a lottt of other good FA’s out there, even tho it won’t be the cream of the crop there will be some guys available.

    @Melancholick your comparison to this being a regular job is absurd and poorly thought out, to me. I totally get why STAT would and is a lil mad at the team for shopping him, but this is the nba, it’s how it works. I think stat gets why this happened, he put him self here with comments about leaving the team.

    Lastly, I love our current roster, I don’t know how I would change it if I could. We have a great starting 5, if J rich plays well, and have an amazing bench. I think our biggest problem was that at the beginning of the season we surprised people with how good we are and frye draining the 3. Then teams learned from our wins, and weren’t surprised by our team. Then we just didn’t learn from that right away, hence our terrible January. Every game our team D seems to get a bit better and we play better all around basketball. I honestly beleive we could beat any team in the league, and if Im not mistaken the only team we never beat this year is the cavs. WE’re good, don’t count us out till the fattest lady sings

  • Ricardo PR

    I agree with Ted. Its part of the NBA bussiness to try and listen to offers when you have a player who can opt. out of his contract and if Amar'e had played some defense and gotten some more defensive rebounds he would have been offer a max contract already. I see him playing a lot better in the past 10 game in that respect, at least he is trying to get into a defensive position and boxing out some people. Together with the bench playing hard and a little pressing defense the Suns look better now. R. Lopez activity and Frye from the bench was another good move the Suns. Lets pull for the Suns this season and let see whats happen before next season starts, but that will be after this season is complete.

    PD. I am winning two bets at work, 1) Suns getting into the playoff and 2) Finishing ahead of N.O.

    Go Suns!!!

  • Melancholick

    "Absurd and poorly thought-out?" I'll buy a disagreement, but needless slights on my thought process are hardly called for. This ain't a pro wrestling board, hoss.

    And my sentiments stand. The point being that Kerr played a part in flashing the Cavs card, to the degree that Amar'e was even apparently convinced that he was bound for Cleveland. Yes, the NBA is a business, and yes, there's the reality of the situation, but the management of this particular set of circumstances was incredibly hamfisted.

    The Suns and Kerr slapped all of their eggs in the Cleveland basket, and when that deal was suddenly ripped off the table, it left them dangerously exposed. The question isn't about loyalty, it's about respect; you can't tell me that a hard-line stance of telling Amar'e that he's a worthwhile building block for this team's future AND a pre-trade deadline reassurance wouldn't have at least had SOME effect on his overall decision-making for the summer block.

    Instead, he's got absolutely zero reason to stay in Phoenix. Kerr and the wiping papers can claim that he's not a max-money player; that doesn't mean another team won't take him on as one.