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Are The Suns Better off Trading Amare?

D.Michael LeeSenior Analyst IMay 30, 2009

Amare Stoudemire and a live microphone can be a dangerous combination at times.

As we reported earlier today, Amare Stoudemire told reporters there's a 50-50 chance he stays in Phoenix. He has told anyone who would listen that he would love to play in New York and reunite with Mike D’Antoni.

Knicks fans know that next summer New York will be making a major push to land either Dwyane Wade or LeBron James, but both would want a big man to come in with them. For months Chris Bosh was the name mentioned. Amare thinks they are wrong.

The NY Post reported Friday that Amare said he is “totally serious” about his consideration of going to the Knicks. Two questions arise from this.

First, if you are the Suns, do you start making serious calls to teams with the top three picks in the draft and dangle Amare as a carrot for a trade? If the Suns are trying to win now, it would not make sense to do that. If they decide to rebuild for the future, Amare and Shaq could both be gone.

A team like the Wizards, who are in need of a dominant post player like Stoudemire, may listen to a deal that would include sending JaVale McGee, Andray Blatche and the Wizards' fifth pick to Phoenix for Stoudemire and the Suns' 14th pick overall.

Another interesting bit of irony to this whole story would be if Stoudemire, who told ESPN Radio in New York he was “better than Chris Bosh,” wound up getting dealt for him. The Raptors still feel confident they can and will come to terms with Bosh this summer.

However, if they are not able to do so, rather than see him leave and get nothing in return, do you make a blockbuster deal with the Raptors and bring in STAT for CB4?

If you were the Suns, what would you do?

There will be teams interested in Amare this summer, whether it's the Pistons, Hawks, Grizzlies, or the two teams I mentioned above. Phoenix has to decide whether they want to gamble for the sake of winning now, or start establishing the future.

Originally posted on LayupDrill.com

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