3 Desperate Amar'e Stoudemire Trades the New York Knicks Must Consider

Christopher Walder@@WalderSportsContributor IIJune 7, 2013

May 5, 2013; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks power forward Amar'e Stoudemire looks on before the first half of game one of the second round of the NBA Playoffs against the Indiana Pacers. Pacers won the game 102-95. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports
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Amar'e Stoudemire may have one of the most difficult contracts in the entire NBA to move, but that shouldn't stop the New York Knicks from picking up the phone, making some calls and possibly ridding themselves of their burden via a trade. 

Since signing a five-year contract worth $100 million in 2010, Stoudemire has seen his scoring average drop from 25.3 points to 14.2 points this past season.

Injuries to his knees have derailed his progress significantly. He's a far cry from the player who earned six All-Star appearances and four All-NBA Second Team selections. 

His season averages aren't terrible (14.2 points, 57.7 percent shooting, 5 rebounds), but with the money he's making and his role with the team continuing to diminish, those numbers simply won't suffice. 

Desperate times call for desperate measures. 

The clock is, or should be, ticking on Stoudemire's tenure in New York. If the Knicks could go back in time and get a do-over on his huge contract, they would do so in a heartbeat.

Now, their best option is to shop him around the league and see if there are any credible offers that make sense from a financial and pure basketball standpoint. 

*All statistics and salary information provided by ESPN.com, Yahoo! Sports and HoopsHype.

*All trades verified with the ESPN NBA Trade Machine

*Special thanks to Joel Cordes for his assistance in creating the deals

Proposed Trade: Phoenix Suns and Oklahoma City Thunder

Phoenix Suns receive ($22M): PF Amar'e Stoudemire ($19.9M), SG Jeremy Lamb ($2M)

Oklahoma City Thunder receive ($13.3M): C Marcin Gortat ($7.3M), PF Channing Frye ($6M)

New York Knicks receive ($14.3M): C Kendrick Perkins ($7.8M), SF Michael Beasley ($5.8M), SG DeAndre Liggins ($762.2K), 32nd pick in 2013 NBA draft (via Oklahoma City), 2014 first round pick (via Oklahoma City)

2012-13 statistics for incoming players

Kendrick Perkins: 78 games played, 25.1 minutes, 4.2 points, 45.7 percent from the field, 6.0 rebounds, 1.4 assists, 0.6 steals, 1.1 blocks, 1.4 turnovers, 8.20 PER

Michael Beasley: 75 games played, 20.7 minutes, 10.1 points, 40.5 percent from the field, 3.8 rebounds, 1.5 assists, 0.4 steals, 0.5 blocks, 1.9 turnovers, 10.91 PER

DeAndre Liggins: 39 games played, 7.4 minutes, 1.5 points, 44.7 percent from the field, 1.4 rebounds, 0.4 assists, 0.5 steals, 0.1 blocks, 0.4 turnovers, 9.40 PER

Why New York would make this trade

Coming off a season in which the Knicks had the oldest roster in league history with an average age of 31.3, acquiring young talent and draft picks becomes all the more important for New York. 

Michael Beasley has a history of attitude problems, although head coach Mike Woodson may be the man to set him straight, as he once did with J.R. Smith. A change of scenery in a disciplined environment would be best for the former No. 2 overall pick. It could be the spark that Beasley needs to turn his career around and salvage what's left of it.

Kendrick Perkins shouldn't be considered a power forward, let alone a starter at his position, so he would likely back up center Tyson Chandler in a reserve role.

Perkins has never been a player who has excelled at putting up big numbers. His impact is felt in scenarios that don't necessarily show up on the stat sheet. He's a big body who can box out, defend the paint and outmuscle the opposition. He's someone Woodson would take an easy liking to in his game plan. 

Don't undersell the appearance of DeAndre Liggins in this deal either. He's a tremendous perimeter defender who can pester opposing players with his quick hands. 

Why Phoenix would make this trade

The Suns' training staff has earned itself quite the reputation for its unorthodox, yet effective, methods in preventing and healing injuries.

Just imagine the wonders the Phoenix staff could do for the withered knees of Stoudemire. 

Phoenix isn't going to attract a lot of free agent talent, so Stoudemire could be the closest thing to a "star" that they could possibly acquire on the market. He found success once before in the Valley of the Sun. Perhaps he can do so again. 

It's not as if the Sunx would be giving up a lot to get him. Rumors circulated throughout the year over potential trades involving Marcin Gortat and Michael Beasley. Giving up on two players whose futures were always in doubt isn't that big of a blow. 

There's not a lot to be said about Jeremy Lamb, as he rarely saw time on the court for the Thunder. He does have a huge upside though, and with the Suns looking for their next star, they can roll the dice with Lamb and hope he develops into their shooting guard of the future.

Why Oklahoma City would make this trade

The Thunder are looking for any reason to get rid of Perkins after his unbelievably bad postseason run (24 points, 24 turnovers, 41 rebounds, 39 personal fouls, PER of -0.7). With this deal, not only can the Thunder part ways with their underperforming center, but they can also replace him with a big man who does more for less money.

Marcin Gortat is the center OKC desperately needs. He would be the consistent low-post threat that neither Perkins nor even teammate Serge Ibaka can provide. He shot 52.1 percent from the field and blocked 1.6 shots in 61 games for the Suns. 

This trade wouldn't come as a surprise to many fans, as the Thunder made a run at Gortat prior to the trade deadline back in February. He's been on their radar for quite some time. 

Proposed trade: Sacramento Kings

Sacramento Kings receive ($19,948,799): PF Amar'e Stoudemire

New York Knicks receive ($16,569,250): SF John Salmons ($8,083,000), PF Chuck Hayes ($5,486,250), SF Travis Outlaw ($3,000,000)

2012-13 statistics for incoming players

John Salmons: 76 games played, 30.0 minutes, 8.8 points, 37.1 percent from three-point range, 2.7 rebounds, 3.0 assists, 0.7 steals, 0.3 blocks, 1.1 turnovers, 10.20 PER

Chuck Hayes: 74 games played, 16.3 minutes, 2.7 points, 44.2 percent from the field, 4.0 rebounds, 1.5 assists, 0.4 steals, 0.2 blocks, 0.6 turnovers, 10.71 PER

Travis Outlaw: 38 games played, 11.7 minutes, 5.3 points, 41.8 percent from the field, 1.6 rebounds, 0.6 assists, 0.3 steals, 0.2 blocks, 0.5 turnovers, 13.10 PER

Why New York would make this trade

This deal reeks of desperation. You can smell it all the way from Madison Square Garden to Sleep Train arena. 

The combined scoring totals of all three Sacramento Kings players (16.8) involved barely surpass what Stoudemire averaged in his second-worst season in the league (14.2). 

Neither John Salmons, Chuck Hayes nor Travis Outlaw would be able to emulate the type of production that Stoudemire can bring on the court, but they will provide some much-needed depth at a couple of positions. 

The "sleeper" in this trade could be Hayes, who's an extremely underrated rebounder and post defender. Per 36 minutes, Hayes averages 9.9 rebounds over his career.

He would be a nice backup to Tyson Chandler at the center position for the second unit, despite being undersized. 

Salmons was a difference-maker on both sides of the ball when he was on the court for the Kings. The team's offensive rating fell from 105.8 to 99.1 whenever he went to the bench. Their defensive rating also took a hit when Salmons wasn't playing, jumping from 106.8 to 111.1.

He's listed as a small forward, but he could slide into the starting shooting guard spot if need be. 

Why Sacramento would make this trade

Despite being on his last legs, literally and figuratively, Stoudemire still has a level of star power that the Kings haven't seen since the Chris Webber days.

He's a recognized name around NBA circles with a great deal of credentials. It would be one of the feel-good stories of the year if he could somehow help get the team out of the cellar in the Western Conference. 

Even with bad knees, Stoudemire at 85 percent would still provide more offense than what the Kings were getting from the three players involved in this trade scenario.

It's a risk worth taking. Sacramento wouldn't be giving up much long-term value, so why not take a shot at something big?

Proposed trade: Brooklyn Nets

Brooklyn Nets receive ($20,803,188): PF Amar'e Stoudemire ($19,948,799), SG James White ($854,389)

New York Knicks receive ($16,250,040): PF Kris Humphries ($12,000,000), PF Mirza Teletovic ($3,090,000), SG MarShon Brooks ($1,160,040), 22nd pick in 2013 NBA draft. 

2012-13 statistics for incoming players

Kris Humphries: 65 games played, 18.3 minutes, 5.8 points, 44.8 percent from the field, 5.6 rebounds, 0.5 assists, 0.2 steals, 0.5 blocks, 0.9 turnovers, 13.67 PER

Mirza Teletovic: 53 games played, 9.4 minutes, 3.5 points, 38.4 percent from the field, 1.8 rebounds, 0.4 assists, 0.2 steals, 0.2 blocks, 0.4 turnovers, 12.39 PER

MarShon Brooks: 73 games played, 12.5 minutes, 5.4 points, 46.3 percent from the field, 1.4 rebounds, 1.0 assists, 0.5 steals, 0.2 blocks, 0.9 turnovers, 13.55 PER

Why New York would make this trade

Kris Humphries' expiring contract would be the most enticing part of this deal. 

His contract comes off the Nets' books at the end of next season, freeing money that could be used as further trade bait or simply as a way to clear more cap space.

At the very least, the Knicks would be getting a young and hungry power forward in Humphries who would be fighting to not only redeem his subpar 2012-13 season with the Nets, but to also earn himself a decent sum of money in his next contract.

With J.R. Smith no longer with the team, MarShon Brooks can become that instant-offense sixth man option for the Knicks. 

The Nets' 22nd pick, along with the Knicks' 24th pick, could potentially be paired up to create a package to move up in the draft.

Why Brooklyn would make this trade

Stoudemire would become an immediate upgrade at the power forward slot in the starting unit, which is currently held down by Reggie Evans.

Evans doesn't offer much outside of his rebounding (12.3), so Stoudemire would seemingly add more offense to a team that only averaged 96.9 points per game (17th in the NBA). 

This past postseason proved that the Nets aren't quite ready to be serious contenders in the Eastern Conference.

A healthy Stoudemire on their roster could change all of that. 


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