2010's Great NBA Free Agency Class is looming, and one of the prime targets seem to be unhappy with the Phoenix Suns: Amare Stoudemire. The Miami Heat and the Chicago Bulls should be extremely excited.
The Phoenix don't seem to be a serious threat for a NBA title, and Steve Nash without D'Antoni's system doesn't seem as potent. Shaquille O'Neal isn't getting any younger, although he is playing some outstanding basketball.
Terry Porter's focus on the big man seems to bother Amare Stoudemire's comfort zone, and with all that talent on paper, the Suns aren't on the up and up.
Enter the Miami Heat.
The Miami Heat have a 2010 NBA Free Agent looming as well: Dwyane Wade. Wade may be the most sought after person, not named LeBron James. There hasn't been any extensions signed, so the Heat have reasons to worry.
Amare Stoudemire is an Orlando native, so he should be comfortable with being in the home state of Florida again. Both players are going to demand maximum contracts, so this will be the core for years to come if Miami can convince the two studs that this would be a dynamic pairing.
Wade and Stoudemire would present difficult match up problems for any of the top teams. Wade on his own is hard to contain, and he is superb distributor, which he does not get enough credit for.
This should feed Amare's appetite enough to want to stay in Miami, but how could it get done???
The Heat would have to relinquish rookie Michael Beasley, Shawn Marion (expiring contract) and their 2009 First Round Pick, which would be worth it in my eyes because they WILL make the playoffs with a high seed with that tandem.
If Wade decides to bolt, The heat can center in on Stoudemire, and he will definitely get his wish to be the main attraction. Joe Johnson would be available in 2010 as well.....
In a scenario that Wade stays and Stoudemire would leave, Miami could chase Chris Bosh and lure him to South Beach.
In an event that both were to leave, Miami has all the cap space in the world, and will get at least one big name to play there. The weather is great and its never cold. The options are truly endless if you ask me.
I believe these two pairing in Miami would be great though. Someone better make these calls ASAP.
Enter the Chicago Bulls.
The Chicago Bulls have a disgruntled Ben Gordon, who is extremely talented and young. Here's where it gets interesting.
The known fact is Derrick Rose is untouchable. Since Ben Gordon probably would thrive off of Nash, the Bulls should package him, Tyrus Thomas, and Joakim Noah in a deal for Amare Stoudemire and Matt Barnes.
This gives Phoenix another athlete to pair with Jason Richardson in Thomas, a Shooter in Gordon, and a big body in Noah. Which could revive the run-and-gun in Phoenix to an extent.
Ultimately Kirk Hinrich should be moved to free up space in the cap for this mega shake up to happen. Luol Deng, Amare Stoudemire, and Derrick Rose and Nocioni would make a great team.
Hinrich himself should be shopped to the Toronto Raptors for Jason Kapono and First-Round Pick to give the Bulls the shooter they need to relieve pressure off of Rose as he develops more.
In this situation Stoudemire can be the man, and have a great 1B option in Derrick Rose. If Stoudemire were to bolt from Chicago in 2010, again...Everyone will be a Free Agent there is nothing to lose but more games as far as Chicago is concerned.
My Final Take
I think Amare' Stoudemire is a better catch than Chris Bosh is, although Bosh has a ton of skills. If Stoudemire is really available, these are the two teams I believe should make a run for his services.
The Heat to get instant contender status, and The Bulls to shake things up in a already shaken environment.