Amare is not on the elite tier. We should all remember that. Sure, he has the talent, but the elite players also have the drive (Kobe, LeBron, Wade, Bosh). Keep that in mind as you read this excerpt from Chad Ford’s latest chat:
Ray (New York): What is Steve Kerr smokin? If I were a Suns fan I would be fuming at the fact my team is even considering trading our youngest, most talented player. If Amare does get traded, do you think its a financial move or a move to get better?
Chad Ford: (1:13 PM ET ) Mostly financial. Lots of teams, the Suns included, are hurting right now. The bad economy even effects billionaires. Primarily, the team needs to get under the luxury tax threshold by this summer. That means sluffing somewhere in the neighborhood of $7 to $9 million off the payroll. Ideally they’d cut even more. But it’s also about the team. They are underachieving. They lack any intensity and Stoudemire has been the poster child for that. So both factors are in play. But if the Suns were making lots of money, I think they’d be looking for a different mix in return for Amare.
Bob (Phoenix, AZ): Ray – Suns fan here. Its called addition by subtraction. Amare is a Drama Queen, has not improved, has fallen in love with his J this year, doesn’t play defense or rebound. I can’t wait until he is gone.
Chad Ford: (1:14 PM ET ) I think that sort of sums up what I’ve heard from a lot of Suns fans.
So, there you go. I don’t know about other Knicks fans, but I’ve had enough drama to last me the rest of my life as a Knicks fan. I’ve also had my fill of underachievers lacking intensity during the Isiah years, thank you very much. No way, no how, no Amare. At least not as a building block.
Rather, the only reason to trade for Amare is to flip him, since, as Ford acknowledges, if the Suns were not looking for expiring deals, they could get a ton of talent for the guy:
But if the Suns were making lots of money, I think they’d be looking for a different mix in return for Amare.