Amare Stoudemire to the Wizards: Could It Work?
The Phoenix Suns are currently in a critical situation. For years, they have been regarded as one of the top teams in the NBA, yet have been unable to win a championship, as some unforeseen incident always seems to get in the way.
Now it appears that the window has closed for the Suns; they must rebuild.
The Washington Wizards have been experimenting with Gilbert Arenas, Antawn Jamison, and Caron Butler for years, but have yet to get anywhere close to the Finals. Times have been hard, as Washington has one of the worst records in the league this year.
Both teams are in need of a major shakeup because their current compositions just aren't cutting it. These squads have underachieved and should be looking to cahnge their rosters significantly and look to the future.
Perhaps their similar situations would make a swap between Washington and Phoenix a possibility. In my opinion, moving Amare Stoudemire to DC would be a great move for both clubs.
The man they call "STAT" has become a bit of a problem in Phoenix. Fans are tired of his unfulfilled promises to improve defensively and rebound, and the whole desert is sick of his complaining about lack of touches. His presence has disrupted what was once a beautiful chemistry.
Getting rid of him would be a step in the right direction; the Suns can become a deeper team and prepare for years down the road by shipping him out.
Meanwhile, Washington needs to move one (if not two) of their stars elsewhere. They just aren't getting anything done, and this team needs a fresh start.
The Wiz have had a gaping hole in the middle for quite some time now, so getting Stoudemire would be a great way to solve the problem. True, he does have problems playing defense, but seeing as how Washington is way too soft in the middle, anything would be better than what they have now.
Besides, his offensive presence would be tremendous, and he gives the Wizards cap room in 2010, when his contract expires.
The only potential problem for the Wizards might be an overabundance of scorers, but a good coach could help solve that problem. Avery Johnson is on the market, and if he could get Dirk Nowitzki to play defense, he can probably get Amare to as well. He can make sure everyone gets their touches.
I would propose Phoenix sending Stoudemire to Washington for Jamison, Darius Songaila, and a 2009 first-round pick. The Suns would then have two lottery picks in the upcoming draft, one very high (at a position at which they could possibly snag Ricky Rubio), and they would add a great shooter at power forward who can spread the court in Jamison and a serviceable big man in Songaila.
Washington would get a true force in Amare Stoudemire. The Wizards hardly need another young player, so sacrificing their draft pick wouldn't hurt too much; besides, what they need (size) isn't really available this year.
The Wizards would have enough depth up front to afford losing two big guys and could score a lot of points with their new lineup. If they could get a coach like Johnson, they would look formidable. And if they really do want another big man, they could demand that Phoenix toss in a second-round pick, allowing them to get who they like.
I think this trade could help both teams improve. At the very least, it would give both clubs a fresh start and would inject new life into their fan bases.
I'm open to any opinions you guys have, or any modifications to this deal.
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