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Stoudemire holding out for five-year deal, talking to Miami and New York

Jul 1, 2010, 12:32 PM EDT

stoudemire_dunk.jpgAfter a “first date” meeting with Miami Heat president Pat Riley — no word on if he got to second base — Amare Stoudemire’s agent made one thing very clear.

“We’re not doing anything that’s not five years,” Walters said.

That is from Paul Coro at the Arizona Republic (who rocks that beat hard, by the way).

Years on the deal appears to be the hang-up with the Phoenix Suns — they have been rumored to offer four years at $80 million. So Stoudemire is checking out the field. The Heat are going after Chris Bosh first, but if that falls through Stoudemire would be right there in line (along with Carlos Boozer).

Stoudemire also will be in Los Angeles for meetings this weekend, followed by a trip to New York to talk with the Knicks on Monday.

“The Knicks wanted to meet last night,” Walters said. “We couldn’t. We were busy. We’ll meet Monday and that’s better because (Knicks President) Donnie Walsh is a big part of it and Amar’e wants to meet with him.”

Like everyone, things for Stoudemire will come more into focus once LeBron makes his decision, followed likely very quickly by Bosh. That’s when Walters will really earn his money. And there should be a lot of it.

  1. fan - Jul 1, 2010 at 1:30 PM

    Stay and make your own story in Phoenix. Why be the hired hand, when you can be your own king? 4 years is 1 shy of 5.

  2. Dave - Jul 1, 2010 at 1:41 PM

    NOOOOO…go play lousy defense somewhere else. Everyone can average 20 pick and rolling with nash.

  3. Win - Jul 1, 2010 at 1:41 PM

    I have been a Suns fan since their inception. Stoudemire is a good player, not a great player. He’s over- valued and over-priced. I predict he will sign elsewhere and soon realize that he is only as good as Steve Nash and the Suns system made him. Good riddance! The league is replete with players who sign elsewhere and when their stats wane, realize they should have stayed where they were. And this James, Wade and Bosh nonsense is laughable. The media laps it up. Can you imagine Magic, Bird, and Jordan “summiting” in an effort to win a championship? (At least Wade can say he’s won one.) James is very talented but he should focus on the floor and not attempt to be GM, coach and player. He’s played 7 years and has a 4-0 Finals sweep, a couple of MVP’s, and a nice stat line to show for it. Truth be told, there is one ball. When one guy has it, the others are rendered impotent unless they do other things to help their team win. A great point guard instantly makes a team better. It is the most important position by far. Otherwise, why are these guys looking for help?

  4. jessiecruz9090 - Jul 1, 2010 at 3:13 PM

    Why live in a redneck city when you can be world reknown playing for NY, LA, Miami, or Chicago

  5. poptart - Jul 1, 2010 at 7:56 PM

    What ever happened to loyalty? I guess it is just for the money now. SAD!

  6. geno - Jul 1, 2010 at 8:31 PM

    Amare is not a game changer. He cant buy a O bound or a D bound when needed in critical games at the end of the game. He is one of the worst forwards ever on D. His basket ball IQ is highly questionable. He is only a scorer and thats during the game and not at the end. He has hit very few game winning shots in his entire 8 yr career with the Suns. There is a reason that during the last 3 yrs in Feb that when he was up for a trade no team in the NBA would take on his salray or give up any good players for him. He was not good enough to give up anything for. Suns should say bye. Maybe they already have by beginning to pay their bench to keep them. Like Frye for 5 yrs at 25 mil. If they pay the rest of the bench then no money for a max deal for Amare. I would not even give him the rumored 20 mil for 4 yrs. He has had 8 yrs to be the star he thinks he is but isnt. He is no Barkley or Malone. Most smart GM’s that have watched the play offs the last 8 yrs wont pay Amare the max. If they do they will regret it even if his injuries dont show up again.

  7. geno - Jul 1, 2010 at 8:34 PM

    Amare is not a game changer. He cant buy a O bound or a D bound when needed in critical games at the end of the game. He is one of the worst forwards ever on D. His basket ball IQ is highly questionable. He is only a scorer and thats during the game and not at the end. He has hit very few game winning shots in his entire 8 yr career with the Suns. There is a reason that during the last 3 yrs in Feb that when he was up for a trade no team in the NBA would take on his salray or give up any good players for him. He was not good enough to give up anything for. Suns should say bye. Maybe they already have by beginning to pay their bench to keep them. Like Frye for 5 yrs at 25 mil. If they pay the rest of the bench then no money for a max deal for Amare. I would not even give him the rumored 20 mil for 4 yrs. He has had 8 yrs to be the star he thinks he is but isnt. He is no Barkley or Malone. Most smart GM’s that have watched the play offs the last 8 yrs wont pay Amare the max. If they do they will regret it even if his injuries dont show up again.

  8. mar - Jul 2, 2010 at 12:53 AM

    my highschool coach saw him in the air port last tuesday and asked hime where he liked and my coach said he said after a long practice i like to feel the wind in my face i gguess amare like chicago but i really want him to stay in phx because truthfully if we trade him there is no way in hell we will get anything back as good as amare, he is not a max contract player but he is really good and a stong part of the glue that hold phx together

  9. logically - Jul 2, 2010 at 8:34 AM

    Loyalty has nothing to do with anything. He plays a sport, its not lif
    e and death! He signed a contract based on “his” individual talent, therefore its in his own best interest that he. Find the best deal for himself. Everyone on here would do the same thing if placed in his situation. Would you really take $20 mill less than what you could potentially earn, just to make others happy?!? I’ll answer that one for…… NO! I’ll even put it into a scenerio that is more relevent to the average joe……. say you work for a company and they pay you an annual salary of $35,000. Now this other company comes along as says, we’ll give you $175,000, bonuses, and a corner office with a view. Would you turn that offer down, because of the relationship you have with your fellow coffee drinkers in the cubicles around you?!? Again I’ll answer that……NO! No one said that he and his teammates couldn’t still be friends, if they were, but he could just be in a better position doing it.

  10. alets - Jul 2, 2010 at 11:18 AM

    Not clear why everyone is rejoicing over Phil Jackson’s return. Anyone can win with Jordan/Pippen, Kobe/Shaq, Kobe/Gasol.

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