Tuesday , Feb , 10 , 2009 C.Y. Ellis

Could Kirk Hinrich Be Involved in Amar’e Stoudemire Trade?

If Steve Nash is as unhappy as he seems this season, the Suns soon might need a point guard. The Suns have an option on Nash next season, after which he would be a free agent and could look to rejoin former Suns coach Mike D’Antoni in New York. Nash also could head home to Canada and play for the Toronto Raptors, who might move Chris Bosh before the deadline. Nash’s situation could put Kirk Hinrich in play for Stoudemire.

”It’s one of those things that’s out of my control,” Hinrich said. ”I just try to go out here every day and do my job and do it the best I can. You never know what to believe and what not to believe. There’s always so much talk, especially this time of year. You just try not to focus on it.”

Hinrich knows what landing Stoudemire would mean for the Bulls.

”He’s a special player,” Hinrich said. ”He’s been an All-Star in this league. He’s one of the best power players in this league. Anytime you have an All-Star, a great player like that, it relieves pressure.