In yet another development in the Amare Stoudemire trade saga, Phoenix Suns owner Robert Sarver confirmed to ESPN.com Thursday morning that he met with Stoudemire after last night’s loss in Dallas “to let him know that the Suns are no longer looking to move him.”
Sarver’s e-mail to ESPN confirmed reports by Fanhouse.com and The Arizona Republic, which both cited Amare as saying Sarver had told him he wasn’t going anywhere. However, this time it was straight from Sarver.
The strange thing about the whole situation is that neither Stoudemire nor Sarver seem to be putting a solid “no” on it. Stoudemire said he thinks he’s “pretty much safe.” And words like “unlikely” are being used. But there hasn’t really been a firm “not being traded.” It just feels like all parties are keeping the possibility open just a crack.
Stoudemire’s agent Happy Walters didn’t seem sure either, saying that “anything can happen, but it seems unlikely.”
Further adding to the confusion were Stoudemire’s mixed answers about his future. He confirmed to FanHouse again that he is leaning toward opting in to the final year of his contract for $17.7 million, but told The Republic he wasn’t so sure what was next.
“If I’m still a Sun after [the deadline], I’m not sure what the future holds,” Stoudemire told the paper. “We just have got to patiently wait, I guess.”
Stay tuned … only a few hours left.