Nets One of Three Teams Leading Candidates to Sign Amar'e Stoudemire

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Nets One of Three Teams Leading Candidates to Sign Amar'e Stoudemire
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ESPN's Marc Stein quotes sources close to the Amar'e Stoudemire negotiations as saying the Heat and the Nets "are the two teams most likely to sign [Stoudemire] away from Phoenix."

Stoudemire has a player option on his $17.7 million contract, but reportedly wants to re-work and extend the deal. He is generally considered the fourth most attractive free agent in this free agency sweepstakes-next to Lebron, Wade, and Bosh.

ESPN adds the Suns are hopeful that if they cannot resign their all-Star, they will be able to get something in return for him. But the better situation would be to resign him. Suns' owner Robert Sarver says chances are greater than 50-50.

The Nets should make a run at Amar'e and LeBron and sign Phil Jackson as coach this summer. To get Lebron, they should draft DeMarcus Cousins or Derrick Favors-unless the 76ers take Favors at 2 (as some rumors have them doing)-which means Turner falls into their lap at #3

I've always liked Stoudemire's game. For one, he doesn't back down on the court. The Nets need someone like him to help Brook Lopez develop. A potential front-line of Stoudemire and Lopez with Favors or Cousins coming off the bench would make for an interesting Nets team next season.

Jay-Z and Prokhorov just have to show King James the money and the rest will follow.

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