Cavs, Heat, Suns and Amar’e Stoudemire’s Future

February 17th, 2010 by Seth Cox Leave a reply »
With all the rumors swirling and the idea that Amar'e Stoudemire will be on his way out of Phoenix, it has struck me that the two franchises in the biggest chase have two of the top five players in the league already.

So why are they both so desperate to pry a 27-year-old All-Star center who only plays offense, has not learned anything on defense, and has been known to have locker room issues, away from the Suns?

Because both the Cavaliers and Heat realize that the acquisition of Stoudemire represents more than just a pickup of a good player in this league.

No, both teams realize that this is their last chance to appeal to their star players before they leave for greener pastures and better teammates in July.

The Heat are in a very precarious position in that they have a lot of cap space, but only five players, including the Wade cap hold, on the books for next year.

They will effectively have $20 million or so to sign eight other players to their roster and make a complete team.

Who do the Heat have under contract for next year? Michael Beasley, Daequan Cook, Mario Chalmers (team option), and James Jones (team option).


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