NBA Daily Dribbles: Amar'e Stoudemire Talks "Heat"-ing Up

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NBA Daily Dribbles: Amar'e Stoudemire Talks

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What I’m Reading

• The Heat seem to have emerged as the front-runner in negotiations with the Suns for Amar’e Stoudemire, but don’t count out about five other teams just yet.

• The Nuggets are starting to get involved in the deadline bonanza and could use another big man.

• Tayshaun Prince’s name has surfaced in many rumors over the past week, but he wants to stay in Detroit and isn’t going to let it affect his play.

• On top of yesterday’s news about a potential deal centered around Big Baby (I refuse to call him Uno-Uno) for D.J. Augustin, Danny Ainge is now taking calls regarding Ray Allen.

• Joey Dorsey (first of all, find out who he is here) has been selected as the Rockets' union rep leader. His response? “I guess it’s because I was in the D-League All-Star game.”

 

What I Think About It

• Trend that I’ve noticed over the years: Pat Riley gets what he wants. So if the Heat are first and foremost on the list of destinations for Stoudemire, I have to lean toward thinking that, when all is said and done, Amar’e will be in Miami on Feb. 19.

This is going to be a complicated deal in which there are going to be a lot of details to work out if and when it comes to fruition. We shouldn’t expect to hear the “Sources say Suns trade Amar’e Stoudemire...” line until the day of the deadline, most likely.

If this were to happen, regardless of who the Heat include in the trade—e.g., Michael Beasley—they become instantly formidable and shoot to the top half of the East, if not higher.

Not many teams get to enjoy having two All-Star starters, not to mention two top-10 players on their roster.

Amar’e might not be the finishing touch they’re looking for to win another championship, but it sure gets them very close.

• For Nugs coach George Karl, he’s in sort of a tough spot regarding his team’s position at the deadline.

"Fifty percent says I don't think anything's going to happen, and that's not bad," he told The Denver Post. "And there's 50 percent of me every once in a while, after a loss, that goes, 'I wish I had another half a body.'"

Always so eloquent.

But he’s right. The Nuggets are at the point now where they’re doing exceptionally well enough to feel secure in their second-place spot behind the Lakers, but not secure enough to feel fully confident going into a playoff series with Los Angeles.

Can’t say I blame them, either. LA has looked pretty much head over shoulders above the rest of the conference this year. It’s hard not to think that they’ll just be running away with it over the next few months.

There are viable options available in Tyrus Thomas and Marcus Camby. We know that Camby fits up in Denver since he spent some of his most successful seasons there, from 2002 to 2008.

But Thomas is also interesting. I have all the respect in the world for Bulls coach Vinny Del Negro, but he’s still a young coach in the league. Maybe the seasoned Karl will be able to successfully straighten out Thomas.

His skills would be a great addition to Denver, but his attitude wouldn't.

• It’s always tough for players who have played for one organization their entire career to deal with trade rumors. Especially when they end up coming true.

"I'm pretty sure it goes for guys around the league. It's just something that happens and you have to move on from it," Prince told The Detroit News. "I haven't been paying much attention to it, but my family does more than I do."

Now, I’m not saying Prince will ever end up getting traded, but it has to be pretty likely. Things haven’t improved for the team since the last time I addressed Pistons rumors. They’ve gone 3-4 in that stretch, and one would have to think that Joe Dumars is finally ready to start listening, just over a week away.

Detroit overspent this past summer on Charlie Villanueva and Ben Gordon, so if they’re going to be a player at all this summer, they’re going to need to dump some salary.

• Even though Marquis Daniels is now back for the Celts and will eventually be back to being the premier ball-handler for the second unit, he still isn’t the true backup point guard they’ve been lacking the past few seasons.

Augustin would be a great addition for the C’s. He’d be a work in progress due to his limited successes this season, but he’s still only 22 years old and shot 44 percent from long distance last season. Totally a shot worth taking, especially given the distractions Davis has caused this season.

As for Allen, it can’t hurt for Ainge to at least listen to what is being offered from other GMs. We still have yet to hear any concrete basis for any trades involving Allen yet, other than the brief whispers about Monta Ellis and Kevin Martin.

After the deadline, I still expect Allen to be a Celtic, but it wouldn’t surprise me if Ainge sneaked up on us by dealing him.

• Joey Dorsey, my favorite 26-year-old second-year player, easily just made a top-five NBA quote of the year. Apparently the news about his union rep status blindsided him.

You’d think they’d inform the players that they were at least being considered first, no?

‘Til Thursday…

PD


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