There is a lot of chatter today about the HEAT acquiring Amare Stoudemire.
That sounds great on the surface.
The deal would center around Jermaine O'Neal's expiring contract at 23 + million.
The problem is the Suns want Jason Richardson as part of the deal with Miami. Richardson is scheduled to make 14.44 million dollars the next season. That makes the problem HUGE!
Now, Richardson is a nice player. He's not worth 14.44 million. You could potentially get a legit max player next year for less than that in the off season.
Worst Case Scenario:
The Heat get bounced in first round. Wade and Amare opt out & you are left with just Beasley and stuck with Richardson for one more year.
On that possibility alone you shouldn't do it.
(As I'm watching the Heat game now I'm gasping b/c Wade is out of the game with a strained calf muscle and J.O. is gimpy too. Which has the potential for an embarrassing loss to the lowly Nets?)
Here's what the HEAT should do, low ball the Suns. Keep J.O. Keep Beasley. Offer them table scraps.
The Cavs just made a deal for Antawn Jamison. Miami no longer has any competition.
The Suns and Amare are not in the same stratosphere on an extension. He doesn't want to be there anymore.
You don't believe me?
Here's an excerpt from and ESPN.com article on the situation.
If the Suns can't make a trade before Thursday's deadline, expect Amare to be unhappy.
"He's going to be upset," one source familiar with the process told ESPN.com. "He's been reading hisnames in the headlines every day. He's been wooed by Dwyane Wade and LeBron. It's time to move on."
This is where Riley does his best work.
Remember a disgruntled Alonzo Mourning in Charlotte?
Is there any recollection of under appreciated Jamal Mashburn in Dallas? (I know he was maligned here later... Not the point)
Do you recall Golden State giving up on Tim Hardaway?
And, if you forgot all those you certainly remember Shaquille O'Neal's exit from Los Angeles.
My buddy who writes columns for the other paper recently called Riley, "The Great Opportunist."
If you read the previous sentences you understand why.
Here's another opportunity for Pat to work his magic. He usually pilfers other teams in these situations. This should be no different if he chooses to act. He's in a position of power.
Does Riley feel Amare is that piece that will mesh with Wade? Amare can opt in next year for 17 million dollars and could change Riley's initial plan of cap flexibility for 2010.
That's the only debate here.
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