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If you haven’t heard of the Amar’e trades you are one of two, you either have no life whatsoever, or you have so much of a life you could barely pay attention.
So to get to the point, the deadline is under 60 hours away, and one of the league’s best big man is about to be moved, and I can tell you it’ll be at least to two destiniations:
With much talk and confusion breaking loose, there needs to be someone to clear things up.
Ta-da, here I am! And here is what has been going on as of late with Amar’e, Cleveland and Miami.
Cleveland is without a doubt the front-runner. It is being said that Cleveland is offering Zydrunas Ilgauskas, JJ Hickson, and possibly a draft pick(s)/ and another small player (Danny Green, Jawad Williams).
So why hasn’t anything happened?
Such a deal would help the Suns not only financially (they are $5 million over the luxury tax), but it would bring them a great young talent in JJ Hickson.
Let’s not get TOO ahead of ourselves…
Cleveland may be the front-runner, but they have Philly, and Miami trailing not too far behind. Both Philadelphia and Miami have players that they could give up,which woul entice a much more “basketball” orientated deal for the Suns (something the Cavs have little of).
Miami has stated that everyone other than Wade, including Beasley, is available. But the issue with Miami is, is that they might not have the right contracts, and Phoenix isn’t too thrilled on the thought of picking up Beasley. Phoenix has also stated that they do not want to take on the horrible contract of Jermaine O’neal either. But Miami continues to try and find ways to being in STAT.
On the other hand, Philly has the one player Phoenix wants VERY bad, in Andre Iguodala. It has been reported that the Suns would ask for Iguodala, Dalembert and possibly a pick or two, in return for Amar’e and J-Rich.
Other than that, its being said that the Cavs have the best shot, and it just might be due to the fact that GM’s Ferry and Kerr were teammates and are great friends. But don’t be suprised if Cleveland needs to bring in a third team, in order to sweeten the deal for the Suns.
There were also other reports by News Herald, that Amar’e DID NOT want to come to Cleveland.
Since then, both Cavs beat writer Brian Windhorst and Yahoo! Sports Adrian Wajnarowski have shot down such comments, and said the exact opposite by both stating that Stoudemire is fine with playing in Cleveland.
Need more sauce? Hear some great info from Broussard & Windhorst:
So again, any deal with Cleveland would include JJ, Ilgauskas and possibly Wally (Cleveland owns his bird rights).
But there is always the speculation of the Shaq/Amar’e project:
So obviously Amar’e has shut down two things, one being that he would not like to play in Cleveland (false). And two, being that he and Shaq can co-exist.
According to ESPN, the Cavaliers feel that if such a deal were to be final, they will have secured LeBron past this summer. The organization also feels that they have all of the capability to also re-sign Amar’e for this summer and beyond.
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