Posted on: February 18, 2010 8:53 am
Edited on: February 18, 2010 8:54 am

Stoudemire maybe safe, but Heat still chasing

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.


Posted on: February 3, 2010 3:01 pm

Josh Howard expecting to be dealt

By Mike Fisher, DB.com : DallasBasketball.com has learned that the J-Ho (Josh Howard) camp believes he will be traded before the Feb. 18 deadline – some Josh confidantes even convinced they’ve pinned down Howard’s future team as either being the Raptors or the Heat.

From the Mavericks, more denials: “That comes completely out of left field,’’ says one team source.

From an NBA exec: “A lot of teams want Josh Howard. It’s just a matter of what Dallas wants for him.’’

Category: NBA
Posted on: February 2, 2010 11:21 am

Celtics could deal Ray Allen to get younger

By Adrian Wojnarowski, Yahoo! Sports : The Celtics have initiated trade proposals on (Ray) Allen, multiple league sources say, and Boston is searching for a younger, less expensive guard and an expiring contract. This way they can find a replacement for the 34-year-old Allen without losing him and his $20 million expiring contract for nothing in free agency this summer. Only, there isn’t a shooting guard available who’s Allen’s peer. This threatens a perilous choice between transitioning for the future and refusing to compromise a chance to win a title now.

Allen is privately resigned to the fact that it’s unlikely the Celtics will want to re-sign him this summer. He’s believed to be intrigued with the possibility of joining the Miami Heat or staying close to his Connecticut home and signing with the New York Knicks. Nevertheless, Allen wants to stay a Celtic and that’s never wavered. Yet the sheer economics make it improbable unless he’s willing to cost himself several million dollars next year.

Yes, Allen would be difficult to replace for this season, but the Celtics can overcome that easier than (Kevin) Garnett gimping around the floor as a shell of his old self. He’s been in the NBA 15 seasons and played more than 40,000 minutes. He’s an old 33.

Category: NBA
Posted on: January 26, 2010 1:12 pm

Heat still considering offer for Stoudemire

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 25, 2010 12:56 pm

Suns heat up Stoudemire trade talk

By Adrian Wojnarowski, Yahoo! Sports : After recent discussions with Amar’e Stoudemire’s agent that didn’t appear to destine a contract extension, the Phoenix Suns have increased their efforts to trade the All-Star forward, league sources told Yahoo! Sports on Sunday night.

League executives say the Suns have become more active initiating talks over the past few days, and believe the franchise will take the best offer for Stoudemire before the Feb. 18 trade deadline. The Chicago Bulls, Miami Heat, Philadelphia 76ers, New Jersey Nets and Detroit Pistons are among multiple teams that have a strong interest in Stoudemire, sources say. The Arizona Republic reported Sunday night that the Golden State Warriors and Cleveland Cavaliers have also inquired about Stoudemire.

Suns general manager Steve Kerr met with Stoudemire’s agent, Happy Walters, on Thursday, and league sources say there was little sense an agreement could be reached before the trade deadline. With Stoudemire able to opt out of the final $17.7 million season of his contract, the Suns don’t want to risk losing him for nothing in free agency this summer.

Posted on: January 13, 2010 2:39 pm

Heat will strike early in 2010 free agency

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: December 23, 2009 12:23 pm

Beasley wants Barkely to know he's no Tito

By Michael Wallace, Miami Herald :  "I read a Charles Barkley quote when he said we were a team full of Tito Jacksons," Michael Beasley said after Tuesday's practice. "I do not think that at all. Udonis Haslem is one of the best shooters [and] hardest-working rebounders in the league. And I think I can score with anybody in the NBA. It's not about saying it anymore. It's about doing it."

Beasley has taken aim with his game. Having settled into his role as the starting power forward, Beasley has scored in double figures in 14 of the past 15 games. He already has eight 20-point games this season, well ahead of his rookie season's pace when he scored at least 20 on 16 occasions.

Call Beasley improved. Just don't call him Tito, not that he's putting down one of the lesser-regarded Jacksons.

"Nothing against Tito; he's pretty talented," Beasley said. "But when you put him next to Mike, it's not really a comparison. It's like saying Rick Fox is talented. But when you put him next to Mike Jordan, it's really no competition."

Comparisons aside, Beasley just wants to show the league that he stacks up as a solid sidekick for Dwyane Wade this season. Beasley is second on the team in scoring, averaging 15.9 points and seven rebounds.

Category: NBA
Posted on: December 22, 2009 11:27 am

Rockets discussing T-Mac trade with Knicks, Heat

By Dennis Deitch, DelcoTimes.com : The only teams that are outwardly debating a (Tracy) McGrady trade are the Knicks and the Heat. The Knicks want to pawn off Jared Jeffries, who will cost $7 million next season and whose skinny, 6-11 frame doesn’t really help the Rockets with their center issue. They would like bruiser David Lee in return, and while the Knicks went in the tank for this season a year ago, they aren’t all that anxious to trade one of their two young players with an upside.

The Rockets would love to get Jermaine O’Neal from the Heat, who might not be the same player he was in Indiana, but he still has some game, he can play center and has practically the same contract in terms of salary and expiration date as McGrady. That makes him far more appealing for Houston ... but Miami doesn’t get any thrill out of making a 1-for-1 deal like that. At least their expiring contract guy can offer something on the court. So the Heat likely would want a bargain guy like Kyle Lowry coming back.


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