The Stoudemire Sweepstakes
The Stoudemire Sweepstakes-hoopsworld.com
The Phoenix Suns are getting closer to making a decision on the future of Amar'e Stoudemire and the Cleveland Cavaliers have emerged as the frontrunner to acquire the All-Star forward, league sources told Yahoo! Sports," writes Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports.
It seems that Phoenix has decided to part ways with the big man and is now just deciding which offer is best.
Miami is another team that desperately wants Stoudemire. Sources say that the HEAT have offered packages centered around Jermaine O'Neal's $22,995,000 expiring contract.
Sources close to Stoudemire's camp say that South Beach is still his preferred destination. If he were dealt to the HEAT, there's no question he would re-sign this summer. The eighth-year forward owns a home in Miami and would love to be there long-term.
The same cannot be said for Cleveland. While he would love to contend for a championship this season, sources say he's hesitant about re-signing with the club. While he would love to finish the season with the Cavaliers and then test free agency, it's very unlikely that Cleveland makes a move without a guarantee from Stoudemire he'll re-sign this offseason. Cleveland and Phoenix started talking on Friday and the discussions are continuing.
While some reports have suggested a deal is close to be completed, it will likely be a couple of days before something gets done. Keep checking back for updates as the sweepstakes continues.
The consolation prize for the team who fails to land Stoudemire could be Antawn Jamison. While Cleveland has shown interest in Jamison for quite some time, Michael Lee of The Washington Post is reporting Miami is also looking at the forward.
"I've been told that the Cavaliers aren't the only team interested in Jamison. Miami has also expressed interest of late, according to a league source," Lee writes.
Some believe Cleveland is just using Amar'e as a smokescreen to free up Jamison. The forward will likely be dealt before Thursday and there's a chance that whichever team doesn't land Stoudemire, could get an All-Star caliber forward of their own to play with in Jamison.
Thanks for posting this. I think Cleveland needs to go after Amar'e and Jason Richardson. Since they lost out on Butler they should forget Jamison, and go after Amar'e and J-Rich. Right now the goal for Cleveland is simple, win the NBA finals, if it means going over the luxury tax even more, who cares if it means they have the best chance to win it all. I have been saying the Cavs can have a beast starting 5 Mo-Richardson-Lebron-Amar'e-Shaq and a bench of Parker, Varejao, Jawad, Powe, and Big Z once he gets waived. Then the Lakers are in big trouble as well as the rest of the east.
Cleveland has to do something to make james happy or risk losing him. Although the Cavs are on a 13 game winning streak, they have to get bigger down low to compete with the West.
They have to be bigger down low to compete with Orlando and Boston because this team has choked because they have no one around Lebron.
its easy for us to say go over the cap for a title or even the players but think about it from the owners point of view. they have to match the money dollar for dollar and with the money teams are losing even if they win a title its possible for them to still lose money. as a fan we would love to see them do it and bite the bullet but think of it liek youre at youre job and if you got a assitant thats real good you would get employee of the month which is a huge deal at the company but you will lose say 20percent of youre salary would you do it anyway? some dont care and will go over the cap because to them it worth it but to others its not
I know what you're getting at, but if having to possibly lose money for a championship this year as well as resigning Lebron for the future is a risk the Cavs should be willing to take. In the future if they win this year as well as resign Lebron they will be able to make that money back w/o a doubt.
as far as right now i think they are big enough down low but next year shaq will prob be gone. he was basically picked up for this year to match up wit the magic. boston wont be as hard because they arent the same and kg is starting to play liek his age plus the injuries
the numbers show that them making the money back is a doubt. yeah we like basketball but the numbers dont lie.. the nba will lose 400million this year. even with winning a title chances are high that they will still lose money. imnot sure if you work or the ecomoney effects you much but we are close to a depression teams/buisness are losing money left and right. peopl;e just cant afford things like they used to
I understand the economy. Thing is our economy goes in cycles, it will be good again in a couple years. I am not going to elaborate on this b/c we're talking basketball, not economics. If I were the Cavs I would get whatever it takes in order to win an nba championship.
An owner who isn't willing to do what it takes to win a title shouldn't be an owner in my opinion.
That I 100% agree with. Too many owners today own a team as a way to higher their social status, and I hate that. Most if not all owners do not make there money from owning a team rather another business venture of there's. They treat the team's they own like a toy.
What does Cleveland have to offer the Suns for Stoudemire? I've read Hickson and Ilgauskas are probable names...Why would Phoenix ever do that? What value does JJ Hickson have? He's nowhere near the player Stoudemire is...while I do think Stoudemire is overrated, he's perfect in the Suns system. Ilguaskas sure isnt, Hickson aint that good. I just dont understand why they would do that.
then again Alot of trades nowadays dont make any sense to me...it just seems like teams are trying to let the top teams win championships. Its terrible.
Biggysmalls....it comes down to money. The Suns don't want to pay Amare 17mil next year.
Just read on Hoopshype that Amare has told people close to him that he doesnt want to go to Cleveland. Take that for what you will...
yeah its common knowledge that amare wants to be in miami and miami wants amare. they are also in talks with the suns
The Suns should try to move other players like J Rich or Barbosa. If they werent planing on resigning amare why did the resign nash. Amare is irreplacable. The least they should get Beasley( even though chances are he will end up in celebrity rehab) ..If they trade for Hickson then i believe in the conspiracy theories that the league is fixed
I dont blame Amare for not wanting to go to Cleveland..not only because its in Cleveland, Ohio "the mistake by the lake" but also Shaq..Amare played in Phoenix with Shaq with a 2 time MVP and they got nothing accomplished when the two of them where on the floor for them. Amare going to Cleveland would clog the lane up for Lebron to opperate especially if he is going to go to more of his post up game in the second half of the season. I dont understand why Cleveland is not pursing Antwan Jamison harder then Amare???? Jamison is 6'10 and he can spread the court and hit the big jumpers for them in the playoffs not Amare. Amare going to Miami would be the best fit...Amare is from the state of Florida for one, and it would give Wade help instead of relying on Udonis Haslem and Jermaine Oneal.
I want Amare Beasley trade...Miami needs STAT but Beasley would be perfect for suns also..maybe i'm too high on him but next to Steve Nash he could be Amare-like 20ppg scorer with good numbers in rebounding.