Amare Stoudemire To Be Traded or Not, and Do the Suns Even Know?

Greg EspositoContributor IIFebruary 10, 2010

NEW ORLEANS - FEBRUARY 01:  Amar'e Stoudemire #1 of the Phoenix Suns during the game against the New Orleans Hornets at the New Orleans Arena on February 1, 2010 in New Orleans, Louisiana.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
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The Amare Stoudemire trade rumors have become about as convoluted as a Dan Brown novel.

Depending on which story you read, you get a different opinion on where, or if, Stoudemire is going.

Just this morning there was one piece that claimed the “Heat Continue To Pursue Stoudemire ” and another, published hours before, that said “Miami Will Ride It Out and Wait Until This Summer."

This afternoon, contradicting stories about whether or not the Suns are even interested in trading Stoudemire came out.

There are so many headlines to keep track of that my web browser looks like Russell Crowe’s garage wall from A Beautiful Mind. It’s getting so confusing that I’m about ready to hire Robert Langdon to decode what it all means.

Everyone has a source, and every source is selling a different version of “inside information.”

Rumors drive page views, sell papers, and create “insiders”—in this case they also provide quite a bit of humor.

Maybe the team’s five-game win streak and Stoudemire’s play during that time has changed things, as general manager Steve Kerr seemed to imply on KTAR earlier today.

Basing the franchise’s immediate and long-term future on a five-game win streak seems like a risky proposition.

It’s like asking a frustrating girlfriend to marry you when you’re ready to move on just because you had a really good five-minute conversation. Sure, you could do it, but you’d probably pay for it by reliving the same frustration for the remainder of your time together.

More likely, the answer is that Kerr, Sarver, and the rest of the Suns organization are as torn about the idea of parting ways with Stoudemire as the citizens of Planet Orange, and they don’t know what to do.

Choosing what to do with Stoudemire is a franchise defining decision. It will easily shape the success, or failure, of the next five seasons. With that much riding on what happens, it’s no surprise that there have been more contradicting rumors than a high school cafeteria days before the prom.

Take Amare to the dance or not? It’s a tough choice. You have to wonder if the franchise is floating some of the rumors to these “sources” in the same way high schoolers have their friends talk to the person they have a crush on to see how the reaction would be.

No matter how many how many contradictory rumors you read, remember that the truth lies somewhere in between. Phone calls have been made, trade ideas exchanged, and no decision has been made.

The time to make that decision is running out. The future of the Phoenix Suns' franchise starts at 1:01 PM next Thursday. Whether Amare Stoudemire is part of that future is yet to be determined.


Tired of the rumors? Think Amare should stay or go? Let us know in the comments section below.