Posted on: February 14, 2010 3:03 pm
Edited on: February 15, 2010 1:10 pm
By Brian Windhorst, The Plain Dealer
Right now, multiple sources have said, the Cavs are still working hard to assemble three-team trades. They have been in direct talks with the Phoenix Suns about Amare Stoudemire, the Indiana Pacers about Troy Murphy and the Washington Wizards about Antawn Jamison.
But they also are involving the Houston Rockets, Utah Jazz and Philadelphia 76ers in trying to set things up. In recent weeks the Cavs have also had expanded talks with the Chicago Bulls about making them a partner. If that seems like a wide net, it is supposed to be.
There's often such expansive talks at this time as teams attempt to satisfy numerous needs with bigger deals. Usually, though, if anything gets done it is just between two teams. General Manager Danny Ferry did pull off a three-team deal at the deadline two years ago, however.
Sources have indicated the Cavs have gotten "pretty far down the tracks" in talking to the Suns about Stoudemire. It has even gotten to the point that the sides have discussed small details like payment schedules and salary reimbursement options. At this time of year, because many contracts are pro-rated differently, there are such things to work out in a trade.
Posted on: January 26, 2010 1:12 pm
By Ira Winderman, South Florida Sun Sentinel : The Miami Heat is among several teams mulling a possible bid for Amare Stoudemire, according to a source familiar with the situation.
The Phoenix Suns, according to numerous media outlets, have been listening to overtures regarding the veteran power forward, amid concern by the team that he might depart without compensation next summer as a free agent.
While the Heat is doing its due diligence, several other teams have gone as far as to see whether Stoudemire would be amenable to an extension if he is acquired before the Feb. 18 trading deadline.
The Heat likely would take a different approach. If anything, Stoudemire's $17.7 million option for next season could get in the way of a possible deal, since the invoking of such a 2010-11 option by Stoudemire would take the Heat out of the premium level of 2010 free agency if guard Dwyane Wade re-signs in July.
For the Heat, which likely would have to part with forward Michael Beasley in such a deal, a move for Stoudemire essentially would be a move away from the hope of a potential signing of the Toronto Raptors' Chris Bosh or Cleveland Cavaliers' LeBron James next summer.
Posted on: January 13, 2010 2:39 pm
By Barry Jackson, Miami Herald : Two people who spoke to the Heat said LeBron James is clearly the outside free agent most coveted by the Heat, but Miami does not want to risk losing out on other targeted stars by waiting too long. Re-signing Dwyane Wade remains the No. 1 priority.
"They're going to get a feel for who they have the best shot at and will craft their strategy accordingly," a source close to the Heat said. "They will pursue more than one guy. James is their top choice, but if they get a yes from Chris Bosh or Amare Stoudemire, I'd be shocked if they told either to hold on so they can wait on LeBron" -- unless Miami has strong reason to believe James is coming. "If they get one of those three, they would feel confident they can keep Wade. Their biggest anxiety is losing Wade."
The Heat expects to have between $17 million and $22 million in cap space after re-signing Wade -- enough to add a second maximum-salary player but not a third.
Though Wade has said he prefers to stay, the Heat fears he could bolt if the team does not upgrade a lot this summer. Free agents can agree to deals beginning July 1, but cannot sign until July 7.
Posted on: September 2, 2009 11:22 am
Amare Stoudemire had his first taste of on-court competition since Feb. 18 on Tuesday, participating in four-on-four half court games at a Suns voluntary workout at the US Airways Center.
After an injury layoff and perpetual trade rumors, Stoudemire said it felt great to get back to business, in quotes published by the Arizona Republic .
"Sometimes, I felt like it was going faster than I expected, as far as competition," Stoudemire said. "Other than that, I felt great. To finally be back out there with the guys and running sprints with them, I got my family back. It's almost like you ran away from home for a while. Now, you're back home and you feel how great it is to be around your family."
Posted on: March 31, 2009 11:32 am
The Arlington Heights Daily Herald reports that the Chicago Bulls will definitely be interested in dealing for Chris Bosh , if the Raptors All-Star hits the market.
Posted on: March 6, 2009 12:41 pm
The Arizona Republic reports that the eye surgeon who operated on Amare Stoudemire 's detached retina has completely ruled out any chance that Stoudemire might return to assist the Suns during the playoffs, if Phoenix makes the cut.
When Stoudemire was initially announced as done for the season, there was some hope that he might be OK in time for the postseason. Not a chance, apparently.
"Not this season, not at all," Dr. Pravin Dugel said. "The Suns have the same goal - to make sure he can resume his career."
"It's very difficult to explain to anyone how serious this is. It's more serious than any knee or ankle surgery. The healing is excruciatingly slow and delicate."
Posted on: February 17, 2009 11:01 am
At a practice session on Monday, Phoenix Suns General Manager Steve Kerr gave his players the impression that he is no longer seriously considering trading Amare Stoudemire in the wake of his dismissal of former head coach Terry Porter on Sunday.
"I'd like to keep what we have and go forward and see what we can do," Kerr said, according to a report in the Arizona Republic.
While talk has swirled in recent days that the Suns were flooded with a series of underwhelming offers for Stoudemire, the Chicago Bulls -- often regarded as a frontrunner in the Stoudemire sweepstakes -- may now be content to do without the All-Star.
The Arlington Heights Daily Herald reports that the Bulls have reconsidered how wise a trade for Stoudemire would be at this stage, with the Suns' high demands and the Bulls improving without Stoudemire. The story speculated that the Bulls may now set their sights on a player that offers better value at a cheaper price tag, or simply hold off on any deal and try to make a run at Chris Bosh when he becomes a free agent in 2010.
Posted on: February 10, 2009 12:11 pm
Edited on: February 10, 2009 12:11 pm
The San Fransisco Chronicle reports that the Warriors have inquired with Toronto about a possible trade for Chris Bosh , and also with Phoenix about the possibility of landing Amar'e Stoudemire . However, it looks as though the Warriors struck out on both proposals.
The story quoted a source as saying there were no serious trade talks going on between the Warriors and the Suns or Raptors, despite confirmation that the Warriors had reached out to both teams. The source further added that it looks unlikely that the Warriors will complete a trade by Feb. 19.