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Suns serious about moving Stoudemire, getting Iguodala

Feb 8, 2010, 8:29 AM EDT

NBA trade rumors are a dime a dozen this time a year. However, when a high ranking executive from one team, let’s say the Suns, goes and scouts a player, let’s say Andre Iguodala, that is not just a rumor. ESPN’s Marc Stein 1049.jpg
However this deal makes less sense for Philadelphia. If they are trying to shed long-term salary they don’t really do that for a couple of summers because Stoudemire is not likely to opt out after this season. He has that right, but he is due $17.7 million next year and from recent comments he clearly has figured out he would not make that much on the open market in this economy. Plus, if Iguodala and Dalembert have not been great fits in Philadelphia, why would Stoudemire suddenly be? He’s another great athlete currently in a system that suits him. On top of all of it, the Sixers would be trading away their best defenders for a guy disinterested in that end of the floor.

Still, Sixers brass wants to move Dalembert (have for more than a year now) so if this is the only option out there, they will consider it.

  1. Tularockstar - Feb 8, 2010 at 4:57 PM

    This is an interesting deal. Stats has been playing lights out in Phx, but his defense is like an on/off switch! But, no one can deny that this guy is a monster in the paint and can bring that athleticism to the Sixers. Aa s Suns fan, I will miss Stat, but will not miss his lack of focus on defense.

  2. Mr. Incredible - Feb 9, 2010 at 7:33 AM

    Stat is an impact player. His impact is offense. Others can handle defense in order to make possible what he does inside. This is what happens when they win. When they lose, it’s not just his fault.
    Remember the Terry Porter “era”? Defense. It didn’t work cuz it was at the expense of what these particular guys do best — Running offense. When the offense is tuned and purring, they win. Stat is part of that machine. The Suns’ defense mechanism isn’t necessarily what loses games. Their offense makes up for defensive glitches.
    I say, “Keep him!”

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