Reports say the Miami Heat want Amare Stoudemire as soon as possible and are even willing to give young players and their 2010 first-round draft pick.
It is understood that the Heat want to do all they can to keep their unhappy star Dwyane Wade in Miami, and the way to do so is adding an All-Star who can help him against the tougher teams in the East.
The Miami Heat and the Phoenix Suns have been discussing several scenarios that would send Amar'e Stoudemire to the Heat, as reported by Yahoo! Sports.
The Heat are willing to offer young players like Michael Beasley, Quentin Richardson's expiring contract, and a first round 2010 draft pick for Stoudemire.
Richardson played for the Suns in 20004/05, averaging 15 points, six rebounds, and one steal per game as he shot 36 percent from downtown. Since then, his scoring has gone down and is now at eight points per game, but his shooting from behind the arc is higher at 39 percent.
Playing next to Steve Nash helped Richardson have the best season of his NBA career. I really think the Suns will be willing to take this trade only if there were a way to add Jason Richardson to the deal. If it works, great, if not, his contract is over at the end of the season and it will save the Suns $9 million.
The Suns don't need an extra guard on their team at the moment, so Jason Richardson would need to be included.
Michael Beasley is a different story, though.
Beasley is 21 years old and has just begun his career. He is not yet as explosive as Stoudemire is on offense and has not yet been a great rebounder, but the big word here is “yet”.
Beasley has just begun his career and has a bright future. The kid has game and can become an All-Star in the near future.
However, I doubt this trade will make the Suns any better, but I do believe it will help the Heat improve.
From all the trade rumors, it looks like the Suns are not just looking to cut payroll, it looks like they want to get better while Nash is playing at this MVP level.
I have a three-way deal that can improve the two teams and help the third team save some money.
The Suns want Andre Igoudala, they wanted to draft him in him 2004, but decided to trade their draft pick and Q-Rich to the Philadelphia 76ers so they could clear space for bringing back Nash.
Miami wants an all-star so it can keep Wade happy, so it would love to have Amar'e in Miami.
The 76ers want to cut their payroll as much as possible and also maybe add some young talent around whom they can rebuild. Beasley can be that young talent—he can also play at small forward, so he can join Elton Brand and Samuel Dalembert in the front court.
Quentin Richardson will be that payroll cut, he has $9 million that runs out at the end of the season.
So here is what I suggest:
Heat trade: Michael Beasley and Quentin Richardson to Philadelphia and a first-round 2010 draft pick to Phoenix.
Heat get: Amar'e Stoudemire
76ers trade: Andre Iguodala to Phoenix
76ers get: Michael Beasley and Quentin Richardson
Suns trade: Amar'e Stoudemire to Miami
Suns get: Andre Iguodala
This trade works well for the Suns and the Heat, they both get what they want.
The question that not many know the answer to is what do the 76ers want? If it is a pay cut, then this trade works, if it is a young player that can help in building a new team, this will work for them too.
The Suns also want to trade Jason Richardson so they can save money. So if this trade goes down they will be able to talk Jason Richardson trades for cap space.
Check the ESPN trade machine, it works.