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Sixers call Knicks about Amar'e Stoudemire trade?

Posted on: January 29, 2012 2:06 pm
Edited on: January 30, 2012 10:43 am
Amar'e Stoudemire is reportedly drawing interest from the 76ers. (Getty Images)
Posted by Ben Golliver 

The vultures are swirling around the big, rotten apple.

With the New York Knicks just 7-13 to start the season and All-Star forward Amar'e Stoudemire scoring 8 points per game less than last season, the first rush of trade winds is in effect. reports that it is the Philadelphia 76ers, an Atlantic Division rival, that phoned the Knicks to inquire about Stoudemire's availability.
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.
The Knicks' early season struggles are well-documented. Without a capable point guard to point the group in the right direction, New York has stumbled out of the gate and is currently tracking to be a lottery team despite the presence of two All-Stars and Tyson Chandler in the starting lineup.

Stoudemire, who drew some MVP talk last season, has been hit particularly hard, averaging just 17.7 points and shooting 42.8 percent from the field so far this season. For comparison, he hasn't averaged less than 20 points in a season in which he was healthy since his rookie year in 2002-2003 and he's a career 53.3 percent shooter. His effectiveness on offense, the only side of the ball where he's a real difference-maker, has plummeted from elite to pedestrian.

To see those changes from a 29-year-old player of his caliber, even one with his injury history, is unusual. The obvious read here is that the struggles are of the situational variety. The lack of a backcourt plus the lockout-shortened season plus the presence of a ball-dominating Carmelo Anthony is a tricky trio for Stoudemire to overcome. Smart teams should be calling.

Of course that doesn't mean that he's actually going anywhere. Including this season, Stoudemire has roughly $83 million left to be payed on the massive contract he signed prior to last season. Given that he can't be amnestied by a team that trades for him, any suitor would assume all of the injury-related risk that the massive contract represents. With the new collective bargaining agreement's harsher luxury tax system kicking in soon, teams are expected to be increasingly wary of having monster type deals on their books for non-monster performers. 

The questions right now: Will Stoudemire return to form and, if so, when? If it doesn't happen soon, and in a big way, it will be next to impossible to trade him before the deadline. If it does happen, New York's motivation to keep him skyrockets. Unless his personal improvement brings with it an even deeper team-wide struggle, it's difficult to see a sweet spot created where other teams are interested in his services at his price and New York is willing to part ways.

This was a long-winded way of saying these rumors are premature.

Related: Another trade scenario, involving Stoudemire in a package to the Orlando Magic for All-Star center Dwight Howard, was also raised last week


Since: Nov 18, 2007
Posted on: January 30, 2012 7:23 am

Sixers call Knicks about Amar'e Stoudemire trade?

As far as a PG: The Knicks let go of Billups who doing just fine with the Clips.
Most likely Philly was only doing "due diligence' as the writer suggested.

Since: Nov 30, 2008
Posted on: January 30, 2012 6:27 am

Sixers call Knicks about Amar'e Stoudemire trade?

Carmelo and Stoudemire do not mesh in NY ! Carmelo is the kind of star who needs the ball in his hands most of the time to be effective and that doesn't bode well for the Knicks or Stoudemire ! Add to the mix a lack of play at other key positions and D'Antoni's European style of play and lack of defense and that spells disaster for the Knicks !

Since: Jan 10, 2012
Posted on: January 30, 2012 3:56 am
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Since: Jun 9, 2009
Posted on: January 30, 2012 2:37 am

Sixers call Knicks about Amar'e Stoudemire trade?

The only problem is Carmelo THE BUSTER Anthony. He thinks he is Michael Jordan, he shoots and shoots and shoots, and also doesn't play defense. I don't know what his IQ is, but I doubt it is very high. They made a HUGE mistake bringing him in. So I would NOT trade Stoudemire, I would trade Anthony. Then get a couple REAL point guards. The Knicks are Disfunctional, and now we know it wasn't just I. Thomas's fault, we just like to pick on him because it was easy to do. The ownership needs to stop hiring KISS BUTT people and just let someone do the Job, regardless of who it is, and whether or not the fair weather fans will like him at first or not.

Since: Aug 29, 2006
Posted on: January 30, 2012 12:30 am

Sixers call Knicks about Amar'e Stoudemire trade?

I thought I got a call from the Knicks today if this trade goes through that I may be able to scab as a hot dog vendor in MSG. It wasnt the Knicks though it was the CBS looking to hire an editor. Ok you got me Im lying, we all know CBS does not hire editors....

Since: Jul 24, 2011
Posted on: January 29, 2012 11:17 pm

Sixers call Knicks about Amar'e Stoudemire trade?

I guess its only news in Philly as it is an indication that they are not content to stand pat. 

Since: Jan 6, 2012
Posted on: January 29, 2012 11:02 pm

Sixers call Knicks about Amar'e Stoudemire trade?

Typical CBS speculatation. This IS NOT NEWS. It's some writers imagination. Hmmmmmmm that's called fiction. Isn't news supposed to be real and factual? CBS Sports = Comical Bulltwit and Speculation

Since: Jul 24, 2011
Posted on: January 29, 2012 10:54 pm

Sixers call Knicks about Amar'e Stoudemire trade?


Since: Jul 24, 2011
Posted on: January 29, 2012 10:53 pm

Sixers call Knicks about Amar'e Stoudemire trade?

You can pay half of a contract in the NBA.  It is either all or nothing...

Since: Nov 14, 2006
Posted on: January 29, 2012 10:31 pm

Sixers call Knicks about Amar'e Stoudemire trade?

If I'm the Sixers GM, I'm not interested unless the Knicks are willing to take on at least half of his contract. We are already tied up with the Elton Brand deal who will probably be amnestied at the end of this season.

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