The Suns are reportedly shopping Amare Stoudemire again, many sources say a deal could be done within the week.
On the list of interested teams appears the Philadelphia 76ers. Now this is all premature speculation, but the fact they are showing interest is exciting nonetheless.
No names have been discussed but you can bet the Sixers would have to give up Andre Iguodala, Thaddeus Young or Marreese Speights, and a few other pieces to get Stoudemire.
The Chicago Bulls, Miami Heat, New Jersey Nets, Detroit Pistons, Golden State Warriors, Cleveland Cavaliers and Minnesota Timberwolves are said to be only a handful of teams interested along with the 76ers.
A few things the Sixers have going for them is at this point no one is untouchable on this roster, especially for a player like Stoudemire. Also, the Suns are looking for high draft picks and young talent in the deal, something the Sixers have.
Working against the Sixers is the Suns seem to be looking for cap relief in the deal. So taking on a contract like Iguodala’s isn’t too terribly attractive. And you can forget about packaging Brand or Dalembert along with Iguodala in the deal.
Stoudemire can opt out of his contract at the end of the year, something he will do. And most likely it will take a max deal to get him signed. The Suns don’t seem willing to do this, so they’re going to try and trade him, not wanting to risk losing him for nothing.
If Stefanski can somehow make this deal work and also (unlikely though) find a way to trade away Dalembert or Brand in another deal, Stoudemire would be one hell of a player to rebuild around.
Another question is would it be worth it? Would it benefit the Sixers to trade away nearly all of their young talent and their high draft pick for Stoudemire? At this point what their doing isn’t working, so it couldn’t hurt to try.
Although, looking at the other teams that are interested and what they can offer you have to think the Sixers chances at pulling this off are slim. The fact that they have entered themselves in the running is exciting for the future however. This team knows they need to change, they know it’s time to start over.
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Written by Mike Santa Barbara
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