Posted on: February 18, 2010 8:53 am
Edited on: February 18, 2010 8:54 am
By Marc J. Spears and Adrian Wojnarowski, Yahoo! Sports
With the Cleveland Cavaliers no longer an option for Amar’e Stoudemire, the Phoenix Suns are prepared to keep their All-Star forward through Thursday’s trade deadline, league sources told Yahoo! Sports.
Unless a trade materializes before Thursday afternoon, Stoudemire very well could spend the rest of the season in Phoenix.
“I think it’s 50-50 at best with Cleveland out of it,” said Stoudemire’s agent, Happy Walters.
The Suns weren’t enamored with the Cavs’ offer for Stoudemire – Zydrunas Ilgauskas, J.J. Hickson, Danny Green and a first-round pick – which spurred Cleveland to instead acquire Antawn Jamison from the Washington Wizards for a much smaller package.
The Miami Heat have continued to express interest in Stoudemire, and have offered Udonis Haslem, Quentin Richardson, Daequan Cook and a first-round pick.
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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 15, 2010 2:46 pm
By Brian Windhorst, The Plain Dealer : The pressure on LeBron James to compete in the Slam Dunk Contest over All-Star Weekend next month is increasing. But the Cavaliers star doesn't seem to be moving from his spot on the fence.
"I'm still 50/50," James said before the Cavs played the Utah Jazz on Thursday night.
When James first had the idea he said he hoped friends like Carmelo Anthony, Dwyane Wade and former dunk champ Dwight Howard would take part.
But all of them have backed out, Howard being the last to do so this week.
James has not ruled it out and seems to believe he's got plenty of time to make up his mind. But it also continues to seem like he's going to skip it.
"I haven't made up my mind yet," James said. "If I decide to do it, they might let me do it."