The big news in Phoenix Suns land today (aside from Grant Hill picking up his option) came from Amare Stoudemire announcing the following: He will be declining his $17.7 million player option, and he wants a max contract from the Suns.
In other news, the sky is still blue.
Stoudemire told The Associated Press that if the Suns offered him maximum dollars and years — six years for about $127 million — “there’s a very great chance” he would remain with Phoenix.
There’s not just a very good chance, there’s a 100 percent chance if that were to be the case. He’d sign that deal yesterday.
I’m still formulating my official stance on what I think would be the Suns’ best course of action this offseason, but I fear a max contract could cripple this franchise for years to come. I’m OK with offering max or near-max money for a couple years, but six years, $127 million scares me considering all of Amare’s red flags.
I also don’t think we should take much stock in anything Amare says the next few weeks. We know he’s posturing for as big a contract as he can get. He’s been talking about potential destinations for months now, and I fully expect to hear loads of conflicting information from Stoudemire’s camp as well as a plethora of confusing and contradictory tweets.
Today all we learned were things we already knew: that he is opting out and he wants a max contract. We don’t know Phoenix’s stance on such a deal (I highly, highly doubt they would offer the full max, though), and we don’t know what his market is like (I’ve speculated Miami, but he doesn’t seem to be their first choice).
We have an interesting summer ahead of us and newsier days than one like today where we just got confirmation on what we already knew (and really, that goes for the Hill option as well).