Amare Stoudemire Trade Update

A few weeks back I blogged that Cleveland was a top destination that we could very well see Amare Stoudemire end up before the trade deadline. Talks have escalated, a deal has become more serious, and yes the ESPN.com reports are in fact right on with the situation. The Suns are close to sending Amare Stoudemire to Cleveland in exchange for Zydrunas Ilgauskas and J.J. Hickson. But one thing ESPN reports won’t tell you is the major holdup in the discussions.

What's the hold up? Read on to find out...

My sources close to situation tell me the hold up is Phoenix wanting Cleveland to also take on Jason Richardson in the swap. This amounts to three key problems in a successful scenario that both teams are willing to make.

1) The Suns dealing Richardson frees up more cap space but the Suns still would have to get additional player(s) back in order for the money to match.

2) Cleveland isn’t really interested in Richardson nor do they have the right players they’re willing to send to Phoenix to make the deal work.

3) This being the stand still issue has led Cleveland in search of a possible third team to become involved. As the search for a third party, Cleveland is remaining in talks trying to convince the Suns to take the current deal as the Cavs themselves could clear at least 10 million of the payroll, but my sources say they don’t think Phoenix would accept. The Cavs offer is still on the table for the Suns to agree upon.

Amare Stoudemire is the by far the most talented piece on the trading block that Cleveland could bring in for a championship run as well as use to help keep LeBron in his home state of Ohio this offseason. Obviously the first two teams that come to mind in a possible 3-team-deal are Philadelphia and Miami. It’s also worth noting that the talks between those teams with the Suns aren’t dead discussions, but they certainly are not as hot and as serious as the talks with Cleveland. If a trade with Cleveland were to occur (with or without Richardson), my sources say the Suns would immediately waive Ilgauskas which would allow him to resign with Cleveland. Believe it or not, one source even told me the Suns do think Hickson can be just as good if not better than Amare.

He's good but he's no Amare Stoudemire

As for the Philadelphia and Miami talks, Amare to Philly is much more of a possibility then to Miami. Phoenix has yet to rule out getting Iguodala and Dalembert. But a source told me that holdup is also the Suns wanting to add Jason Richardson into the deal in which the Suns would also want Marresse Speights included into the deal. Adding Speights & Richardson is the main hold up in those discussions. Talks have surely cooled but aren’t dead yet.

The chances of Amare ending up in South Beach aren’t looking so hot for the Miami Heat. They proposed their best offers to Phoenix and have been shot down numerous times. The main problem is the Suns aren’t interested in Michael Beasley. The Suns pride themselves on their locker room type guys and Beasley definitely doesn’t fit that picture, especially when building a foundation for the future. (That’s why Hickson is so appealing to Phoenix, he’s a great locker room guy as well as a ballplayer).

The Bottom Line

The likelihood of Amare Stoudemire being traded before the deadline all depend of whether or not a team is willing to also take on Jason Richardson. One of my sources feels a trade without Richardson makes an Amare trade before the deadline, 50/50. An Amare trade which includes Richardson increases the chances to 70/30, but Richardson makes any deal that much more complicated.

The Hold Up

As the complications and proposed deals continue to develop, you can be sure you’ll hear the latest close to the situation news right here from the OuttaTownClowns. Don’t forget you can follow us on Twitter @outtatownclowns, or you can follow Ross Geiger, the author of this article @RossGeiger

Here’s a nice lil video of both Steve Nash and Amare Stoudemire speaking upon the rumors during All Star Weekend

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10 comments

  1. Steve Kerr and the whole Suns organization are a bunch of idiots if they trade Amare to Cle, regardless of whether or not the Cavs take on Jason Richardson. They are essentially giving the Cavs a dynasty for no good reason and without getting ANYTHING good in return besides cap space. If you want cap space, trade him to the Heat, a garbage team that would be scary admittedly, because Wade would finally have a weapon in Amare, but because the rest of that team is so terrible, it surely isn’t a dynasty. With the Cavs, they are already so good, and then you just add on top of that with Amare.

    1. Hey the Suns think they are attempting to screw the Lakers but it doesn’t matter one way or the other. Everyone else’s minutes will be cut and Amare never could play solid D. Go for it Cavs. The Suns are basically throwing the towel in on this season.

  2. Amare & Richardson is being traded. Cleveland has already agreed in principle. Cavs are looking for a 3rd team to take JRich, so Cavs can get a different 2-guard or pg…even if he has more years. Cavs do not like JRich and do not want him, so they are looking for someone else. That may end up being Rip Hamilton or Corey Maggette – Probably Rip.

  3. Being a Cleveland fan, receiving both Amare and Richardson would be great – especially if this happens soon. The rights to Richardson can then be dealt to another team looking to dump salary before the trading deadline. I would check with Detroit and see if Rip would be available in trade for Richardsons’ contract…talk about a dynasty!!! Cleveland prides itself on defense and Rip is solid!!!

    1. The series of forums connected with RealGM.com have been very active and helpful for us. We are not much of a forum-centric blog really. Be sure to stay tuned for more info though because we had it here before ESPN had it and almost definitely before a forum had it. Thanks for commenting!

  4. As I write in this Amare Stoudemire rumors post, I think this trade is crazy for the Suns. Even with J-Rich and Amare gone, tanking does the Suns no good because they don’t have a pick, even if it does set them up nicely for the Summer of 2010. At this point I think the Suns should stay pat with Amare.

  5. THIS IS THE BEST-EST BLOGG EVA!!!! OMFG Amar’e, sounds like Amore which is like I-Tie for love or something… and I love a sexy Chocolate sexy man in goggles.

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