Suns Could Trade Amare Stoudemire And Shaq

The Suns Are On The Verge Of Being Completely Blown Up

2/7/09 in NBA   |   100%InjuryRate   |   1283 respect

From 2003 to 2007, the sole reason I watched basketball was the Phoenix Suns. I loved their incredibly fast paced, run 'n gun offense combined with minimal defense. When the Suns were on, it was breathtaking to behold what they could do offensively. They could drop 20 unanswered points on you in 2 minutes.

The Suns should have won an NBA title somewhere in there, 2007 to be exact, but were robbed by David Stern when he suspended Amare Stoudamire and Boris Diaw for one game each against the Spurs in the second round of the playoffs. It was crushing to watch. That was the year the Suns were finally going to prove that a fast paced offense could win a championship, but Stern stepped in and chopped their legs out from underneath them.

The addition of Shaq last year pretty much ended the Suns run as the team's run 'n gun days, and Mike D'Antoni's firing only cemented it further. Plus a number of the core players from those high powered Suns teams have since been traded, like Boris Diaw and Raja Bell.

And now, it looks like the Suns may be on the verge of completely imploding in on themselves.

According to ESPN's Mark Stein, the Suns are apparently looking into trading the guy who was once the cornerstone of the franchise - Amare Stoudemire. And, guess what, they may also move Shaq too.

Although sources close to the situation insist that no deal is imminent, there is a growing belief around the league that the Suns will almost certainly move at least one of their big names before the league's Feb. 19 trading deadline, with Stoudemire sounding as though he expects to be the next to leave in comments Friday to reporters in Phoenix.

Sources told ESPN.com that the Chicago Bulls, Miami Heat, Detroit Pistons and Portland Trail Blazers are among the many teams with whom Phoenix has exchanged trade concepts, with the Bulls and Heat believed to be pursuing Stoudemire hardest at this early stage.

So who's to blame for all this? It's pretty simple - Steve Kerr. Kerr's decision to bring in Shaq last season was questionable at best, since Shaq didn't mesh well with the offense. This season, the offense has catered more to Shaq, who's had a return to All-Star form, but the Suns currently sit at 9th in the Western Conference. The dynamic of basing the offense around Shaq has also caused Stoudemire to feel a bit unwanted and disappointed that the team's not focusing on him. And you know what, I can't blame him. When he was the focal point of the offense, the Suns were a contender every year.

Basically, since Steve Kerr arrived in Phoenix to take over as GM, this team has progressively gotten worse. And if he lets Stoudemire go, he'll officially receive the Isiah Thomas Worst GM of the Year award.

It's simply stupid to let someone like Stoudemire go. He's 26, and while Steve Nash is almost done, you still have some solid young guys on the team such as Barbosa and Jason Richardson to build around. This team doesn't have to be completely blown up to create a solid team. Just the right pieces need to be jettisoned.

But don't expect Kerr to do that given his track record. Expect this team to quickly become the Sacramento Kings of Phoenix.
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2/8/09   |   Superbleeder   |   94 respect

And tonight Nash gets 21 assists.  If either or both get traded who are all these assists gonna go to?

2/8/09   |   Raider_Dave   |   47 respect

As Anquan Boldin (and Emmitt Smith) would say, the Suns are on the verge of being "blowed up."

2/8/09   |   streetballer123   |   3241 respect

That just means that the Houston Rockets might actually make the playoffs. It's sad that I'm even saying this.

2/8/09   |   fourtime7   |   8 respect

how can you trade a player in his prime? trade nash 4 westbrook or another young guard but amare shouldn't even be thought about being traded

2/8/09   |   RichmondSpider

taylordanley wrote:
not really. since they traded Diaw and Bell their production has declined. you can't pin this entirely on Shaq, he's playing better than he has the past couple years. not to mention he's hitting 60%+ of his FT's

60% - WOW!  Alert the media - stop the presses - keep his fat, rich a** on the practice court until he can hit at least 75%...

2/8/09   |   primo   |   1 respect

Know what this means?...if Amerie is traded to NYK, here comes LeBron in 2010!!!

Knicks fans Stand Up!!!

2/8/09   |   Boski93   |   375 respect

Walter Davis and Alvin Adams are not pleased!

2/8/09   |   spankyc14   |   14 respect

Juniorgman wrote:
here are the players of the suns...Active Guys
From Top to coach
  • Amare Stoudmire
  • Shaq O'Neal
  • Grant Hill
  • Gorin Dragic
  • Louis Amundson
  • Matt Barnes
  • Grant Hill
  • Steve Nash
  • Leandro Barbosa
  • Alando Tucker
COACH:  Terry Porter
That's all Folks


You forgot:

  • Jared Dudley
  • Jason Richardson
  • Robin Lopez

2/8/09   |   Juniorgman

here are the players of the suns...Active Guys
From Top to coach

  • Amare Stoudmire
  • Shaq O'Neal
  • Grant Hill
  • Gorin Dragic
  • Louis Amundson
  • Matt Barnes
  • Grant Hill
  • Steve Nash
  • Leandro Barbosa
  • Alando Tucker
COACH:  Terry Porter
That's all Folks


2/8/09   |   Juniorgman

Suns @ Pistons 8 P.M.

2/8/09   |   Juniorgman

Hi guys

2/8/09   |   BlazerJoe   |   103 respect

Sadly, it appears that the Sun has begun to set in Phoenix.  I've been a Suns fan ever since Sir Charles went to the franchise, and I'll continue to root for them.  It's just painful to see that one of the most exciting teams in the league have fallen to this state.

2/8/09   |   yanksawboy   |   8 respect

 Amare going to the Knicks in 2010 because of Mike D'antonie

2/8/09   |   Juniorgman

Part 1

2/8/09   |   Juniorgman

Choas  Part 1

2/8/09   |   Juniorgman

LOL  #12 Thunder Vs. #23 Bobcats my kind of Game
 

2/8/09   |   Juniorgman

Ready?

2/8/09   |   Juniorgman

Suns At  Pistons 8 P.M. ESPN Today
 

2/8/09   |   Keeter   |   92 respect

Amare to Chicago for Hughes, Gooden & Noah.

Actually, I'd trade Gooden for a case of Gatorade...................

And, while we're at it, let's can the whole DelNegro experiment (never understood that move) and get the guy who I think would be a great fit for the team - Jeff Van Gundy.      Especially now, with "Zo" retiring, Van Gundy won't have to clamp on to anyone's leg anymore !!!

2/8/09   |   R3DS8XFaN

Suns-hine go away today
they don't feel much like dancing
Some man's gone, he's tried to run their life
Don't know what he's asking

2/8/09   |   Raider_Dave   |   47 respect

The Suns have tried to put a bunch of pieces together that in now way would work.  They fired D'Antoni just because, and now have been trying to move out all of his pieces and change the identity of a team much too fast.  Things like this take a few years, but I think this is all being done in haste.  Steve Kerr had been trying to fit all of these square pegs in round holes, and since it isn't working overnight, he is again panicking in the very talented Western Conference.

2/8/09   |   taylordanley   |   6 respect

ubaldofr wrote:
Yeah, the Suns' game slowed down considerably since Shaq arrived.

not really. since they traded Diaw and Bell their production has declined. you can't pin this entirely on Shaq, he's playing better than he has the past couple years. not to mention he's hitting 60%+ of his FT's

2/8/09   |   ubaldofr   |   60 respect

Yeah, the Suns' game slowed down considerably since Shaq arrived.

2/7/09   |   chooch   |   13 respect

The Suns have been getting worse since Shaq arrived.   They are also getting older......the younger players aren't panning out....the offense is in disarray.  It's gonna be a few years before this all gets sorted out.  I'm looking for some lean years in wins.

2/7/09   |   mk_donley   |   2554 respect

If Steve Kerr trade Stoudemire, I wouldn't be surprised If Suns Management trade Kerr to the unemployment line.

2/7/09   |   Heyhey1970   |   194 respect

kantwistaye wrote:
Its really quite depressing to watch this happen. I'm a Lakers fan, but damnit the Suns were good for basketball.  Amare Stoudemire is the franchise.  Nothing would be dumber than trading him.  Trade Nash, trade Shaq, trade Hill (I was reaching for a third name), but don't trade Stoudemire.

I'm getting excited, because the Bulls might have the young players to get him.  It's a perfect fit too, because Amare doesn't want to play defense and Vinny Del Negro has no idea how to coach defense.

2/7/09   |   R3DS8XFaN

Old Legs!!!!

2/7/09   |   kantwistaye   |   4210 respect

Expect this team to quickly become the Sacramento Kings of Phoenix.

Kinda like the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.

2/7/09   |   kantwistaye   |   4210 respect

(Edited by kantwistaye)

Its really quite depressing to watch this happen. I'm a Lakers fan, but damnit the Suns were good for basketball.  Amare Stoudemire is the franchise.  Nothing would be dumber than trading him.  Trade Nash, trade Shaq, trade Hill (I was reaching for a third name), but don't trade Stoudemire.

2/7/09   |   Superbleeder   |   94 respect

I could care less if he gets rid of Shaq but please not Stoudemire.

2/7/09   |   Heyhey1970   |   194 respect

Steve Nash is starting to look old and Steve Kerr has an itchy trigger finger.  His trades have had more sizzle than substance.