Amare Stoudemire Unhappy in Phoenix: Should the Warriors Try to Rent Him?

GoBears 2008Analyst IDecember 3, 2008

According to several reports, Amare Stoudemire is not enjoying life without Mike D'Antoni.

Stoudemire supposedly wants to play a larger role in the offense, and be treated as the number-one option.

Stoudemire is one of the potential marquee free agents in the 2010 offseason, and will certainly be sought after. After all, while older than LeBron and Bosh, Amare is only 26, and will still be well in his prime in 2010.

Amare to Golden State in 2010 is a ridiculous proposition, especially in light of the Crawford trade and Jackson extension. But what if the Warriors traded for Stoudemire before then?

Why would this make any sense at all? Amare would the focus of the highest-scoring team in the league. He'd pile up dunks, layups, points, and rebounds. And he wouldn't have to play defense.

He could opt-out and join the Great Free Agent Frenzy of 2010 after just two years. Or, he could join Monta Ellis and Andris Biedrins to form We Believe 2.0—very unlikely, but you never know.

If Amare left in 2010, the Warriors would have cap space to make a play for a lesser free agent that year, or maybe try for 2011, when many teams wouldn't be a player.

But how would Golden State get Amare in the first place? Here are two scenarios:


Golden State Trades Stephen Jackson, Brandan Wright, Marcus Williams, and Marco Belinelli to Phoenix for Amare Stoudemire

Phoenix probably wouldn't take this trade, since it involves one proven player with a long contract, an intriguing prospect, and filler. This trade, which could happen immediately, would probably only be made if Amare did something dramatic like refusing to play.


Golden State Trades Stephen Jackson and Corey Maggette to Phoenix for Amare Stoudemire and filler

The filler in this trade would probably be Louis Amundson. Maggette cannot be traded until December 15, and it is doubtful that Phoenix would want to take on two long contracts, even if they would be receiving almost fifty points per game in return. However, Jackson and Maggette are both versatile players who would fit in nicely at several positions as Phoenix transitioned to the post-Nash era.

Also, despite the two lengthy in-coming contracts, the Suns would still have almost $35 million off the books in 2010 (thanks to Nash and Shaq). And if the Suns wanted to lure free agents (such as Bosh), having two high-scorers to go with Diaw and Barbossa would be a plus.

A variation on this trade would be to substitute Turiaf and Brandan Wright for Jackson. The Warriors' lineup would then be Crawford, Ellis, Jackson, Stoudemire, Biedrins.

The bench would be thin, and Morrow and Randolph would have to elevate their games.

Crawford would be an option also, but he can't be traded for a while, and the Warriors would prefer to dump at least one of their longer contracts.

What would it take to bring Amare to the Bay? Or would it be impossible, given the Warriors' current roster?