How the Phoenix Suns Blew It With Amare Stoudemire (Even If He Returns)

July 1st, 2010 by Jess Root Leave a reply »
A few months ago, I was ready to let Amare go. Then, I changed my mind. I went all in. His play the last two months of the season convinced me.

Concerns or not, and I admit that there are many (defense, rebounding, knees, eye), I wanted the Suns to bring him back, whatever the price was. I am still in that frame of mind, even if I might be in the minority.

However, because of how negotiations have gone, I feel that if he comes back, he won’t be what I feel he would have been. Here’s why:

Since he first came into the league, Stoudemire has desired to be a star—the best at his position and one of the faces of the NBA. So far, he has not been. There are a variety of reasons—injuries, not being the focal point of his team, and unfulfilled potential.

In recent negotiations, it has been made clear that the Suns will not offer more than four years on a contract. Amare wants nothing less than five. The proverbial lines in the sand have been drawn. Phoenix is banking on the idea that he will not get a better offer from another team. By doing so, they are also sending Stoudemire a message that they don’t believe in ...

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