Amar’e Stoudemire Stays in Phoenix

February 25, 2010 – 9:30 am by timgunter

Just about every team in the NBA is looking for an accomplished big man.  So why didn’t anyone pull the trigger on Amar’e Stoudemire?  Stoudemire has expressed his desire to leave Phoenix for a team looking to contend for a title.  Miami and Cleveland were the most serious teams that inquired about him, but couldn’t put together a desirable package for him.  This will only motivate Stoudemire even more as he will continue to improve in hopes of impressing other suitors looking to sign in the off-season.  This summer, the ball will be in his court and he can decide whether he wants to opt out of his contract or stay and make around $17.69 million.  If I were him, I would stay in Phoenix because they have a young, talented team and are only one player away from getting over the hump and contending for a tile once again.  But then again, I am not an NBA superstar and I can’t demand what I want.

Amar’e Stoudemire joined the Dan Patrick Show to talk about whether there is anything positive that he can take out of not getting traded at the deadline, whether there is a part of him that he was disappointed in not playing with LeBron James and contend for a title, and whether he wants to stay in Phoenix or go someplace else. (Editor’s note:  I swear listening to Amar’e Stoudemire is like listening to Moses Malone)

Whether there is anything positive that he can take out of not getting traded at the deadline:

“Yeah absolutely.  I think the positive thing is a lot of teams were definitely inquiring about me.  They think I can help their franchise get over the hump so with that being said, that is definitely a positive that I took out of it.  I appreciate all the teams that were inquiring about me.”

Whether he talked to LeBron James about playing with him in Cleveland:

“I talked to him pretty briefly about it.  It was a short conversation.”

How the conversation went with LeBron:

“It went great.  I didn’t really know what was going to happen.  I don’t think we knew what was going to happen so we just kind of made a few jokes and that was about it.”

Whether there is a part of him that he was disappointed in not playing with LeBron James and contend for a title:

“I don’t think there is disappointment in the situation because I am still here with Phoneix and I think there is a great opportunity here to make a solid playoff push and try to take it a step further.  There is really no disappointment, but being in Cleveland playing for a championship is definitely the ultimate goal, but I’m still not upset about the fact of me being here in Phoenix.”

How much his future concerns him:

“Yeah, it’s definitely still uncertain.  There is a decision to be made this summer whether I stay or not so it doesn’t concern me at all because the ball is pretty much in my court this summer.  I just got to make a decision.”

Whether he wants to stay in Phoenix or go some place else:

“Well a little bit of both.  I am still kind of halfway in the midpoint right now.  I cant really make too much of a decision right now because we are doing so well or we may make the playoffs here and we may go a step further.  I can’t really make a decision based upon right now, but I figure to give me some time to see if I can figure it out and make a solid decision.”

Whether every time his phone rang around the trade deadline he thought that he was going to hear that he was traded:

“The greatest situation was that it was only two teams that were at the top of the food chain.  If I can say, that was Cleveland and Miami.  Both situations would have been great for me.  So I really wasn’t upset about any decision that would have been made so I wasn’t upset or nervous or anything.  I was more relaxed and that allowed me to play my game for that week and a half stretch.”

If he thinks the Suns can win a title this year:

“Can we win the title?  I think it may take some time.  Right now, we’re doing great.  I think we are doing better than what we expected or a lot of teams expected.  With that being said, the way are playing we keep getting better and keep improving.”

Amar’e Stoudemire on Dan Patrick Show

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