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Stoudemire all about the extension

Feb 20, 2010, 1:48 PM EDT

Thumbnail image for nba_stoudemire_250.jpgWhile standing in the swirling vortex of the trade deadline, Amar’e Stoudemire was nothing but professional — said all the right things off the court, on it he kept catching Steve Nash passes and throwing them down like nothing ever happened.

So where does he go from here? A trade might be nice, but what he really wants is a contract extension. Even with the Suns.

Stoudemire said negotiating an extension with the Suns remains possible. He turned down an offer for two years beyond next season’s option year.

“Obviously, I want to have a sense of security,” he said. “We haven’t got to an agreement yet, but we’re getting there.”

Stoudemire is due $17.5 million next year and it’s his choice on the option. He has hinted he may take that option, because he realizes that in this economy he is going to take a pay cut of a few million if he plays the open market.

But then there’s that pesky little security issue. If he takes his option year, he runs the risk of being a free agent in 2011, when the new Collective Bargaining Agreement could mean a much lower max (or high end) contract. Not ideal. If he opts out of his current deal this summer he can get a multi-year deal locked in at what could be a higher rate (no way the Players Association lets the new CBA change existing contracts, no matter what the owners fantasize about).

What’s ideal for Stoudemire as an extension of his current deal. The Suns may not be offering as much as he wants right now — they may never — but if he is traded somewhere this summer an extension will likely be part of the deal for him.  

  1. Darius - Feb 20, 2010 at 2:13 PM

    I think the Suns need to find a plan and stick to it. They’ve been a team that has sold off draft picks for some extra cash in their coffers and then signed role players to contracts that could have been just as easily handed out to their rookies. They change streams mid-season and acquire Shaq, let D’Antoni walk and then switch gears again by trading Shaq and then go back to a running style. They need to figure out what they want to be and try to go in that direction with all of their moves from this day forward.
    Amare is a nice piece and he fits into what the Suns want to do while Nash is still playing at a high level. If they decided to keep STAT, they should be trying to find a big man that can defend while not clogging the lane on offense in order to maximize what they have in Amare. They should be looking for athletic wings that can defend and make the three ball. All is not lost for the Suns, but they need to have focus on what they want to accomplish. I’ve always liked Kerr, but he’s been a bit contradictory in his moves (though we may never know how much the owner was pushing for some of these moves).

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