Apparently Minnesota cares more about the functionality of their triangle offense under Kurt Rambis than keeping one of the NBA's handful of double-double men in Al Jefferson.
That's the reasoning behind their recent shopping of Jefferson, anyway. With Kevin Love under "untouchable" status, Jefferson is a must in any deal between the two teams involving Stoudemire.
Questions abound, however. Low post threat that he is, would Jefferson be able to co-exist with the up tempo Suns? Or would Phoenix's brain trust be willing to reconstruct the offense around Jefferson?
And does Minnesota really believe Stoudemire would grasp the triangle better than Jefferson? The offense involves passing and unselfishness—two traits that have never been lauded on behalf of the man nicknamed STAT.
Stoudmire makes more than Jefferson, making a straight up swap impossible under the cap rules. But would Minnesota give up more than Jefferson to get Stoudemire? Maybe just an expiring contract, like Brian Cardinal or Oleksiy Pecherov, would do it.
Again, though, there's no guarantee Stoudmire would want to play permanently for a cellar-dweller in the cold north, thus cooling Minnesota's fever to acquire him.