Saturday , Jan , 24 , 2009 C.Y. Ellis

Suns to Consider Trading Amar’e Stoudemire?

At various times this season, the Suns have conveyed a willingness to move backup point guard Leandro Barbosa — another D’Antoni favorite — if the right deal came along. Given Phoenix’s lackluster play of late, has learned that the organization might now be open to considering a much bigger deal — one involving Stoudemire.

Having played five games in seven nights including two sets of back-to-backs, the Suns’ elder statesmen — Shaq, Nash and Grant Hill — wouldn’t admit it, but they were tired. One might have expected a pick-me-up from Stoudemire, the team’s youngest star at 26. Instead, Stoudemire gave the Suns nothing in consecutive losses at Boston and New York, shooting a combined 6-for-24 — including 0-for-7 against the Celtics.

Stoudemire has made no attempt to hide his frustration with the 180-degree change in offensive approach from D’Antoni to Terry Porter, who has had little choice but to run the offense through O’Neal in the post. As the high pick-and-roll man with Nash in the D’Antoni system, Stoudemire put up massive numbers last season — his second full year since returning from microfracture surgery — averaging 25.2 points and 9.1 rebounds while shooting 59 percent.