Saturday , Jan , 19 , 2008 C.Y. Ellis

Could Amare Stoudemire Be Traded?


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.

This season, Stoudemire is blocking shots with a regularity we’ve never seen from him. He has blocked at least one shot in every game since Nov. 28, and his current average of 2.2 is easily the highest of his six seasons.

While Stoudemire has improved as a defender, whispers that his increasing frustration with not being the focal point of the team’s fast-paced offense have become a distraction — and could be a reason some within the organization would be willing to move him if the right offer comes along. [Click here for more from CBS Sports.]