Jan 29, 2012, 4:19 PM EDT
The Philadelphia 76ers are one of the more surprising teams in the NBA this season considering they’ve leapt out to a 14-6 record and currently lead the Atlantic Division by four games at this early juncture in the season. In an attempt to prove that they’re in it for the long haul, though, they’re apparently pursuing trades that they believe will make them title contenders.
Pursuing may actually be too strong of a word, but CSN Philadelphia’s John Finger reported on Sunday afternoon that the Sixers have put out feelers to the Knicks regarding the availability of big man Amare Stoudemire. Stoudemire is averaging 17.7 points and 8.2 rebounds so far this season, but is shooting an abnormally low 43 percent from the field as he tries to find his role in the Knicks lineup next to Carmelo Anthony.
It sounds like it’s probably a long shot, but there’s always something to be learned when NBA trade rumors are leaked — and, sometimes, where there’s smoke, the actual fire isn’t far behind.
According to a league source, the Sixers have inquired about Stoudemire, though it was categorized as “due diligence.” Nothing is said to be imminent or even in the early stages other than just talk, the source said. Nevertheless, in past seasons the Sixers were reportedly discussing trade scenarios with the Phoenix Suns in order to acquire Stoudemire.
It isn’t likely the Knicks would consider trading Stoudemire, but there have been a couple of reports already this season that indicate the former Suns big man isn’t happily coexisting with Anthony in the Big Apple. If that is indeed the case, it’d make sense for the Knicks to try and find a new partner for ‘Melo to work with as the Knicks attempt to dig themselves out of a bad start to the season.
It’s unclear exactly what the Sixers would have to give up to get Stoudemire — aside from Andre Iguodala, Jrue Holiday and Evan Turner, there aren’t a lot of of big names on the Philadelphia roster — but it would probably have to be quite a bit. For a young team that seems to be turning a corner, is it really worth adding Stoudemire while busting up the team’s core?
Either way, it’ll be intriguing to see what the market is for Stoudemire if he’s actually put on the trading block … or even if the Knicks will continue to listen to offers for their centerpiece power forward, really.
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