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Report: Sixers trying to trade for Amare Stoudemire

Jan 29, 2012, 4:19 PM EDT

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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.

  1. jmclarkent - Jan 29, 2012 at 4:28 PM

    I don’t know if this move works for either team…

  2. cantonbound13 - Jan 29, 2012 at 4:53 PM

    3 team trade:
    Orlando: Tyson Chandler, Evan Turner, 1st rd pick Phil & NY
    76ers: Amare, Fields & Tony Douglas
    Knicks: Howard & Jrue Holiday
    Sounds good to me, but I’m sure you can tell I’m a Knicks fan.

    • sasquash20 - Jan 29, 2012 at 5:11 PM

      God no I don’t want Amare. For Iggy and a 1st maybe but no way would I give them Holiday, T.Young, L.Williams, S.Hawes or E.Turner.

      • sasquash20 - Jan 29, 2012 at 5:14 PM

        So you want the Sixers to give up Turner, Holiday and a 1st to get Amare. I don’t care what average players you want to throw in I would do that ever.

      • sasquash20 - Jan 29, 2012 at 5:33 PM

        I wouldn’t do that ever

      • ihatetoneydouglas - Jan 29, 2012 at 6:31 PM

        Iggy sucks

  3. skizzy79 - Jan 29, 2012 at 4:54 PM

    Not sure if I would want them to trade for Amare. I do think that he is a good player. I would give up Brand and a first rounder next year.

    • sasquash20 - Jan 29, 2012 at 5:15 PM

      I agree with the Brand part, but think bigger Sixers talk to Howard and Orlando. Don’t let NY get Howard.

  4. 420hippy - Jan 29, 2012 at 5:34 PM

    bad idea

  5. knicks4life - Jan 29, 2012 at 5:41 PM

    Get Howard ny

  6. knicks4life - Jan 29, 2012 at 5:42 PM

    Howard to NY

  7. bleed4philly - Jan 29, 2012 at 5:46 PM

    Iggy and a first. Turner will move to the 3 spot. #championship

  8. tomtravis76 - Jan 29, 2012 at 5:54 PM

    Amares knees are only going to hold up for another couple of seasons, send him packing from the Knicks for other pieces. Amare can obviously help most teams in the short term, he just doesn’t fit with a name 3 and 5.

  9. kvanhorn87 - Jan 29, 2012 at 6:27 PM

    No interest in AS at all. Be bold and get d12. The Sixers have better players than lakers or knicks that they can offer to the Magic. Make it happen. If I was Orlando Owner, I wouldnt want bynums knees(regardless of injury concerns, sixers could offer more) or anything Knicks can offer. Let’s hope the Sixers destroy the Magic coming up and Dwight will see the light.

  10. kvanhorn87 - Jan 29, 2012 at 6:49 PM

    Iggy as top option is good but not great. You put him with Carmelo, he would be amazing. Just needs to be the #2 option next to a star, I.e. pippen

    • sasquash20 - Jan 30, 2012 at 2:24 PM

      Number 3 option would be best.

    • cantonbound13 - Jan 31, 2012 at 5:42 PM

      #2 option? You mean like LeBron to Wade.

  11. craigsimsrules - Jan 29, 2012 at 7:12 PM

    As the knicks throw up the white flag. How great is that

  12. mjacobs45 - Jan 29, 2012 at 9:15 PM

    Lakers have Bynum who is way more valuable than anyone the Sixers have. I’d do an iggy-Lou Williams and meaningless draft picks for Amare. But would not give up young, turner, or holiday.

    • sasquash20 - Jan 30, 2012 at 6:27 PM

      Bynum when healthy and motivated can be a major force. But he gets hurt every year and is a bad attitude case almost as much as he gets hurt. I would rather have Iggy, Hawes, and 2 first rd picks instead of Bynum any day of the week.

  13. cluelessdufus - Jan 29, 2012 at 10:19 PM

    if there gonna land him lue williams, andre iguodala, elton brand and a couple first round picks are gonna go

  14. eagles512 - Jan 29, 2012 at 11:04 PM

    Please no! He’s one of the most overrated players in the league. Don’t break up a young team that owes a big part of its success to chemistry.

  15. willardj - Jan 30, 2012 at 1:14 AM

    Wow talk about a misleading title. The Sixers literally called and asked to see if Amar’e was available. That’s it. They never even talked about players in the deal.

  16. anhdazman - Jan 30, 2012 at 2:30 AM

    I’d love to see these quick fix superstar trades blow up in team faces. NY traded most of their roster for Melo and that has pretty much blown up in their face. Denver on the other hand has played better than expected. If this possible trade scenario goes through, it might once again blow up on certain teams. Just because you put superstars together doesn’t mean they’re automatically going to click.
    Miami got 3 superstar but they didn’t get it done. (Although it will be hard to deny them again this year.) But if this trend continues regarding superstars trading to different teams and flopping, maybe it’ll make those owners think twice. (Deron Williams failing in NJ especially since Brook Lopez got injured.)

  17. ferhatiggy - Jan 30, 2012 at 5:03 AM

    Sixers shouldn’t give any part of the team.Amare is good and quality player,but if sixers signs with him,team will trade their secret:Team basketball.

  18. nightrain42 - Jan 30, 2012 at 9:21 AM

    Why do u trade for a overrated, bad knee having pf? If do that, ur letting a conference rival be able to get Howard. Dumb move on so many levels!

  19. mojosmagic - Jan 30, 2012 at 9:59 AM

    Is he Iggy?
    Is he Dre?
    Should he go?
    Should he stay?
    The Sixers need a good big and the Knicks need an unselfish all round defensive minded player. Think Clyde Drexler Knicks fans. I think Amare for Dre could work for both teams. Personally I hate Carmello’s game because your not really great unless You elevate your teamates which he doesn’t do.

  20. bozosforall - Jan 30, 2012 at 10:55 AM

    Any trade that gets rid of Brand has to be a good one for the up and coming Sixers.

    • somekat - Jan 30, 2012 at 12:17 PM

      Unless they think they can get one of the big fish on the market this year, at this point they are better off keeping him. Either trade him next year when he is an expiring and worth more in trade, or keep him and just let him come off the books in 2 years.

      IMO, first priority should still be to move Iggy, he has more years on his bad contract. If you can somehow move both, they have over 30 million in cap space this year. If they are stuck with Brand, they are only at 15, but with his hit leaving next year, they could stand pat and still sign 2 max players next year

    • sasquash20 - Jan 30, 2012 at 2:33 PM

      That is just stupid. Is Brand an all star stud? No, but he is a solid player. You don’t just give him away. Besides you could amnesty him next season and go after another player if you wanted too. Amnesty is good for 5 years, so you have options. Brand is still a quality starter right now, overpaid yes but still solid. Brand works hard and is part of the chemistry we have going on.

      Trade Iggy (and his all around game) Hawes (almost a double double average) and 2 first rd picks to Orlando for Howard. It is a good trade for both teams. Sixers could then move T.Young to the 3, E.Turner/J.Meeks at the 2, Holiday at the point,(L.Williams can back up both guard positions) Brand at the 4, and Howard at the 5. That would be a very good defensive team, a team that can compete for the title for years to come.

  21. klownboy - Jan 30, 2012 at 11:40 AM

    How I would fix the Knicks:

  22. mojosmagic - Jan 30, 2012 at 5:37 PM

    Howard doesn’t want to play in Philly. End of story.

    • sasquash20 - Jan 30, 2012 at 6:24 PM

      Really this guy adds a team every other week. I think the only clear thing with Howard is that he doesn’t want to stay in Orlando. The Sixers are exactly the kind of team he should play for.

  23. cantonbound13 - Jan 31, 2012 at 5:45 PM

    Knicks are going to send Chandler & Amare to Magic for Howard. We don’t need the 76ers role players.

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