Saturday , Jan , 19 , 2008 Oly Sandor

Missed Opportunities: Should Phoenix Suns Have Traded Amare Stoudemire To Get Kevin Garnett?

Phoenix has much invested in Stoudemire. Management has unconditionally supported him through knee surgeries and family issues. Trading the All-Star before the February deadline is a recipe for a disaster. A rushed deal would make it impossible to receive equal value. …

Missed Opportunities: Should Phoenix Suns Have Traded Amare Stoudemire To Get Kevin Garnett?My Quick Take: All seems well in Phoenix. ‘Seven Seconds to Shoot’ has run to a 28-12 record, good for first in the Western Conference.

But ominous clouds could be forming over the Arizona desert. Chemistry is apparently an issue. And Tony Mejia of CBS Sports reports Phoenix is once again considering moving Amare Stoudemire:

Sources around the league have told CBSSports.com that there are internal discussions being held in Phoenix regarding the availability of star center Amare Stoudemire, who can opt out of his current deal following the 2009-10 season. According to sources, there is one faction within the organization willing to deal the two-time All-Star, while another is dead set against it.

I have two problems with the Suns’ front office entertaining offers for STAT.

First, Phoenix has much invested in Stoudemire. Management has unconditionally supported him through knee surgeries and family issues. Trading the All-Star before the February deadline is a recipe for disaster. A rushed deal would make it impossible to receive equal value.

Second, Phoenix –if they wanted to move Stoudemire- should’ve swapped him in a three team deal last summer for superstar Kevin Garnett. That was the right deal; giving up a future superstar to the Hawks for an established superstar.

When a deal seemed imminent, management/ownership came down with cold feet.  There were concerns about assuming Garnett’s contract, particularly paying The Big Ticket a multi-million dollar trade-kicker.

The deal died. A month later, Garnett got sent to Boston. The Celtics are now the NBA’s best team.

Perhaps, Phoenix’s real problem isn’t on-court. Perhaps, flip-flopping on the Stoudemire-Garnett deal shows the problem is with management/ownership.

If so, their regular season record will mean very little. And, in all likelihood, their season will end well short of an NBA Title.   

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