Amare Stoudemire Trade Update 3.0
Let me first start off by thanking each and every one of you 2,246 visitors that came by on Saturday afternoon to read my Amare Stoudemire trade update. I’m proud to say I was able to break the story and post new incoming details on the Amare trade discussions, 9 minutes before ESPN.com posted their news on their NBA Rumor Central page. So with new developments coming in through a few of my sources close to the information, why not do it again?!
The two hottest teams still in serious discussions involving Amare Stoudemire are the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Philadelphia 76ers. Talks are most serious in Cleveland, with the Cavaliers nearly in completion of a deal with Phoenix for Amare that could go down as early as in the next 24 hours sources tell me.
The biggest breaking news is regarding the Cleveland Cavaliers organization, the stakes have been raised, talks have made significant progress and there’s a new and improved offer on the table. One of my sources tells me Cleveland sent a proposal earlier this morning to Phoenix that included Zydrunas Ilgauskas, J.J. Hickson, Danny Green and $1.7 million cash (that cash is included to offset the 1.7 million trade kicker Ilgauskas has in his contract) for Amare Stoudemire (no J-Rich). While Cleveland has sweetened the deal, the Suns reportedly were still not completely satisfied and sent a counter proposal back. The deal is now in the hands of the Cleveland Cavaliers with the Suns counter proposal including Cleveland’s 2010 first round pick in the package. A source told me Cleveland is seriously considering the Suns offer but is still a bit hesitant including their first round pick for the upcoming 2010 draft. This deal could be finalized and sent to commissioner David Stern as early as tomorrow if Cleveland is willing to include the 1st round pick.
Another source confirmed this new deal that is in the hands of Cleveland now, but also told me that Cleveland hasn’t given up hope on the possibility of doing a three-team trade involving the Philadelphia 76ers. I’m told the one major holdup in those three way discussions is that Philly isn’t interested unless they receive Hickson in the swap. Which makes a three-team trade very unlikely.
While Philadelphia has also sweetened their deal with Phoenix during discussions held earlier today, the Suns have remained more interested in their talks with Cleveland. My source tells me that Philadelphia’s deal would send Andre Iguodala, Samuel Dalembert, and Lou Williams to Phoenix in exchange for Amare Stoudemire, Jason Richardson, and Leandro Barbosa. Sources tell me as much as the Suns love Iguodala they’re not really interested in talking back all that salary that is included with him.
In Regards to Both Deals
All my sources have confirmed that both of these first deals are actual proposals but the Suns have also discussed a few other deals between the 76ers and Cavaliers. On a final note, while I’ve been in contact with multiple sources, but one source in particular surprised me by stating that something’s going to happen within the next 24 hours.
A Couple Side Notes:
-Take a scroll down some of Amare Stoudemire’s lastest tweets on his official Twitter page, he’s clearly distracted and fed up with all the trade talk. Just two hours ago, Amare himself tweeted this: “I play very well w/Shaq. I averaged more pts last year WITH him & played better D. You guys can stop saying we don’t play well together.”
-The Suns reportedly offered Amare a two-year contract extension this weekend and Stoudemire declined the offer.
That’s the lastest here from the Outtatownclowns, be sure to stay tuned for all Amare Stoudemire trade news, because if any more details develop, we’ll be on it!
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