Thinking Clearer About Amare
We’ve all had time to digest the rumor of the Spurs trading for Amare Stoudemire. And I’d like to think that after mulling it over, we’d have to agree it’s highly unlikely.
More likely, as commenter krista tipped us to, is the Spurs acting as a third team in an Amare Stoudemire deal, where they would not receive Stoudemire but act as a facilitator in the deal. WOAI’s Don Harris has something:
Two different NBA sources told me Tuesday the Spurs have come up in the Amar’e Stoudemire sweepstakes. Not that the Spurs would get Amar’e, but that they may be part of a multi-team deal to make it possible for Phoenix to move him.
The Nets, Bulls, Heat and Pistons are said to be the front-runners for Stoudamire. The Spurs may be burning up the lines trying to find something that’s going to work.
One scenario of the Spurs acting as the third team in an Amare trade would see the Spurs receive Tyrus Thomas of the Chicago Bulls and send Matt Bonner and Ian Mahinmi to the Suns. Phoenix would send Stoudemire to Chicago.
This is just one scenario in which there are many alternatives, but I feel like this is much more likely than the Spurs getting Stoudemire in a straight-up swap with Phoenix.
As you can tell from the comments on the previous post about the Stoudemire rumor, a lot of Spurs fans do not hold affectionate feelings for the Suns power forward.
But how do you think the Suns fans feel about Manu Ginobili?
Former Spur Robert Horry is public enemy #1 for Suns fans when it comes to the Spurs, for obvious reasons, but after that, much of their venom for the Spurs is directed at San Antonio’s beloved Manu. Acquiring Ginobili, who is on the down slope of his career, for a entering-his-prime talent like Stoudemire would be a hard sell for Steve Kerr to make to Suns fans.
Could it still happen? Of course, stranger things have occurred. But logic and finances make it highly unlikely that we’ll see Stoudemire in San Antonio in anything other than an opposing team’s jersey.