Saturday , Jan , 30 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

Amar’e Stoudemire on Trade: I’m 50-50

Suns general manager Steve Kerr doesn’t try to shoot down the rampant trade rumors about Stoudemire, nor does Stoudemire sing a nostalgic song about wanting to play his entire career in a Suns uniform.

"I’m 50-50," Stoudemire said before the Suns played the Dallas Mavericks on Thursday night. "They’ve shopped me around for two maybe three years. It’s not a great feeling to feel that way. I feel like the confidence in me is not quite there within them, for them to want to shop me around so much."

Stoudemire has a player option for next season worth $17.7 million. If he elects to become a free agent instead he might not be able to make that much in the first year of a new contract, but he’d still be better off securing a long-term contract under the current collective bargaining agreement than signing his next contract under the new CBA in 2011, which is expected to be less favorable for players.