At least for now, Amar’e Stoudemire isn’t going anywhere. Yesterday morning we mentioned a rumored trade proposal that would send Amar’e to Minnesota for Al Jefferson and the #6 pick in next week’s Draft, and while follow-up reports now say that a discussion did take place between the Suns and Wolves, apparently Minnesota said no. We know the Suns are always trying to save a buck, and Amar’e was up for grabs earlier this year when he wasn’t working out with then-coach Terry Porter, but trading him now doesn’t even make sense. If you wanna dump salary, trade Shaq, who is more expendable on that roster anyway and seems like he’d rather be in Cleveland or another team that’s closer to contending. Since the Suns have gone back to their running ways, what other big man besides Amar’e can be that good in that system playing with Steve Nash? Just seems like a bad move if the Suns are actually trying to win … Meanwhile, the Wolves still need a coach — considering it’s usually good to know what kind of environment you’ve got BEFORE bringing in your Lottery pick — and two names that have popped up are Mark Jackson and Bill Laimbeer. Going by resume alone, Laimbeer is the clear favorite, but you always wonder if guys who coached in the WNBA have a bias against them when they interview for NBA jobs … On the one day Shaq’s Twitter page didn’t make “SportsCenter,” Paul Pierce‘s did. The Truth wrote that the Lakers vs. Orlando series “looked like a german shepherd vs. a poodle,” and that the “rottweiler Celtics” would be back next year. Are we really going there with the Twitter trash talking? How do Larry Bird and Gary Payton feel about this? And why couldn’t Sam Cassell have been in his prime when Twitter blew up? … Despite Ricky Rubio declining to work out for the Grizzlies, and whispers from the very beginning of the process that Rubio’s people didn’t want him playing in Memphis, apparently the Griz are still considering taking the 18-year-old. When do these type of situations EVER work out? Go ask Steve Francis and Yi Jianlian what happens when you try to force a player who really doesn’t want to be there … Lamar Odom and Trevor Ariza have been everywhere saying they want to return to the Lakers next year, but if Kobe is really gonna re-up for $135 million over five years, there’s no way L.A. can afford both L.O. and Ariza. They may even lose both of them. And the only person who’d be happy about that would be Adam Morrison … Pat Riley shared a few things with the South Florida Sun-Sentinel: One, that Jermaine O’Neal‘s knees were jacked up this season (no surprise) but he expects J.O. to be back to somewhere near his old self next year. Two, that he envisions Michael Beasley developing into a Hedo Turkoglu/Rashard Lewis-type combo forward. And three, that he’s done coaching. For real this time … About the Beasley-as-Hedo thing, seeing as the NBA can be a copycat league, do you think a lot of teams are going to try and emulate what the Magic did this year. Having a Dwight Howard to build around is a gift that may only give once per decade, but the concept of starting a non-traditional power forward and spreading four three-point shooters around the arc could be appealing for a team with the right personnel … You have to read this. And you know what the truly frightening part is? It’s only the third or fourth weirdest story involving Eddy Curry this year … Time to put your thinking caps on: The reigning D-League champion Colorado 14ers are moving to Dallas, won’t exist next season, and will re-debut in 2010 as the Texas Fill-in-the-Blanks. It’s up to the fans to pick a name, so start thinking of something. We can do better than “Thunder” … We’re out like Rubio in Memphis …
Smack / Jun 19, 2009 / 3:26 am
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