According to Peter Vecsey of the New York Post, the New York Knicks offered up Amar'e Stoudemire in exchange for Chris Paul earlier this month, a proposal that was rejected by the New Orleans Hornets.
The fact that the Knicks entertained dealing Stoudemire is somewhat disturbing, and in this case laughable, given that it was widely known the Hornets were looking for youth. Even if New Orleans had been interested though, dealing Stoudemire would have been a grave mistake.
Stoudemire helped revive a lost Knicks franchise, and he is the pillar of energy while on the basketball court. Sure, his knees are a question mark, but so are Carmelo Anthony's elbow and knee as well, and so would have been Paul's knee.
At this point, Stoudemire is New York. He is the reason that stars Anthony and Tyson Chandler wanted to come to the Big Apple. With the help of Donnie Walsh, he transformed the Knicks from the laughing stock of the NBA into a feared opponent.
The Knicks' willingness to deal Stoudemire, as far-fetched as the idea may seem, is uncomfortably telling. Paul is now with the Los Angeles Clippers, which means Stoudemire should be safe. However, with the Orlando Magic looking for veterans to help them stay competitive in exchange for Dwight Howard, the possibility of New York dangling him once again is always there.
Howard may be the most dominant big man in the game, but Stoudemire, especially with Chandler on the docket, is a price not worth paying.