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: December 16, 2009 11:54 am

Warriors willing to move Randolph

By Marcus Thompson II, MercuryNews.com : Team and league sources confirmed Tuesday that the Warriors have included second-year forward Anthony Randolph's name in trade discussions.

Golden State once exalted Randolph as the face of the young, promising core around which the franchise was to be built. But in just under a season and two months, Randolph has gone from possible draft-day coup to the Warriors' latest trade bait.

One team source said the Warriors aren't necessarily looking to get rid of Randolph but are willing to trade him if doing so would improve the team.

That's what happens when you're 7-17 and have lost seven of your past eight games — the last defeat being to a team, the Philadelphia 76ers, riding a 12-game skid.

Randolph was deemed the starting power forward in the offseason and was invited to participate in Team USA's training camp in Las Vegas after a dominant summer league.

But one Eastern Conference executive said Randolph's stock is down around the league.

Teams are concerned about his play and effort, the source said, and they think he spends too much time on the perimeter (not everyone sees him as a small forward). His talent is obvious, the source said, but Randolph is closer to seeking a big payday after his rookie contract expires than he is to realizing his jaw-dropping potential.

Category: NBA
Posted on: October 19, 2009 11:31 am

Cavaliers discuss trading for Jackson

Brian Windhorst, The Plain Dealer - According to sources, the Cavaliers do have an interest in Stephen Jackson and have had some internal discussions about trading for him.

The Warriors are seeking a big man in return, which is something the Cavaliers don't have a surplus they are willing to part with at this time.

Cleveland is expected to continue to monitor the situation.

Posted on: October 14, 2009 12:16 pm

Stephen Jackson would accept buyout

Rusty Simmons, Chronicle Staff Writer - Stephen Jackson would be interested in listening to a conversation about a buyout or any other means of getting out of Golden State.

"If they want to send me home and pay me, I'm fine with that. No question," Jackson said. "If they decide to send me home and still pay me, I'll still be playing basketball somewhere. That's not going to stop. This is not the only team in the NBA."

Asked if he would take a buyout, Jackson said, "It would have to be right. That's something that they would talk about with my agent and he'd get back to me. I doubt they'd do that."


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