Now that Amare has opted out, the next few days are going to be nuts. But that's OK, we've been through his a few times before at the trade deadline in February, last summer around draft time, the trade deadline in 2009 and the summer when KG almost came to Phoenix.
Stoudemire opts out of contract - NBA - Yahoo! Sports
Amar’e Stoudemire(notes) has opted out of the $17.6 million final year of his contract to become an unrestricted free agent, his agent Happy Walters told Yahoo! Sports on Wednesday.
Amare Opts Out, Now The Fun Can Begin - SB Nation Arizona
It remains unclear if the Suns offered Amare a four-year extension (for a total of five years) which would have paid him about $4m more than the five-year deal any other team could offer. If so, than Amare and his agent must think they can get another team to offer a six-year deal and put together a sign-and-trade package that entices the Suns. In the short term, those details don’t matter. In the long run the offer that Robert Sarver made to Amare will be a strong indication of how bad the Suns really wanted him to stay and what they felt his value was to the team.
Report: Amar'e Stoudemire Opts Out of Phoenix Contract -- NBA FanHouse
"The offer isn't where it needs to be yet, but we've had a good open, cordial dialogue with the Suns,'' Walters told the Website about Stoudemire opting out of his $17.6 million deal for next season and becoming a free agent Thursday. "Like Dirk Nowitzki (of Dallas) and Paul Pierce (of Boston), we're exercising the opt out and we'll see what presents itself for Amar'e on the market.''
Interrupting the Amare fun to bring these updates on Fyre and former Sun Joe Johnson
Phoenix Suns free-agent Channing Frye to let market set his value
"I just have to sit and wait," Frye said from his basketball camp in Hawaii. "It's a matter of being patient and looking at all the options. I'll let the market set my value. I have no idea about what it is. "Phoenix always is going to have a slight edge, because that's what I know and where I've been successful. But I have to see what else is out there."
-hawks-max-contract-offer" target="_blank">NBA Free Agents: Hawks Reportedly Will Offer Joe Johnson A Max Contract - SBNation.com
And apparently, they're willing to pay what's necessary to do so. According to Michael Cunningham of the Atlanta Journal Constitution, the Hawks are ready to give Johnson a max contract. Source says Hawks to offer Joe Johnson max 6 yr Bird rights deal at start of free agency
[Note by Seth Pollack, 06/30/10 12:38 PM MST ]
Stoudemire officially opts out, continues negotiations with Suns - AZ Central
"Robert and Alvin have been great and we're still talking," Walters said. "We opted out to see what's out there. Robert and I are trying to find something that makes everyone happy. Amar'e appreciated the meeting and asked a lot of questions about the future and Robert and Alvin had a lot of good answers."
[Note by Seth Pollack, 06/30/10 1:33 PM MST ]
Another one bites the dust....I am going to laugh my ass off if LeBron stays in Cleveland or even if LeBron and Bosh go to Miami or Chicago together and leave New York and New Jersey and the Clippers out in the cold.
Oh, and don't sleep on Houston. I could totally see them making a hard push for Amare and they actually have some interesting pieces they could send back in a sign-and-trade. On the other hand, if you're the Suns do you do any deal with a Western Conference foe?
Nowitzki expected to re-sign with Mavs - NBA - Yahoo! Sports
The Mavericks fully expect to re-sign Nowitzki, who opted out of his contract this week. "They’re going through all the hoops, but I’d be shocked if he went anywhere else," a source close to the situation told Yahoo! Sports. "He’s going to get [a new contract] done before they change the rules and structure of the collective bargaining agreement. "I’d say the chances of him leaving are slim to none. Dirk is a loyal guy. He and Mark Cuban are as close as they come. It would be shocking if he talked to other teams."
[Note by Seth Pollack, 06/30/10 3:38 PM MST ]
VOTE OR DIE!!
Amare Wheel Of Fortune
Now that Amare has opted out and officially becomes an unrestricted free agent as of July 1, the options on his future have narrowed somewhat. What do you think will happen?
[Note by Seth Pollack, 06/30/10 5:01 PM MST ]
A really good look at which teams have how much cap space:
NBA Free Agency 2010: A Primer To Prepare You For The NBA Apocalypse - SBNation.com
Why is everyone freaking out about this summer's NBA free agency class? And who is going to end up where? And what the hell is a "sign and trade" anyway? Mike Prada has these answers and more in his NBA Free Agency primer.
[Note by Seth Pollack, 06/30/10 5:13 PM MST ]
The Spurs have to be the luckiest franchise ever...David Robinson. Tim Duncan. Tim Duncan's three. Now this...
Report: Richard Jefferson opts out of deal. Spurs fans believe it is a miracle. - ProBasketballTalk - Basketball - NBC Sports
Jefferson opted out the $15.2 million he was due next year, according to KSAT news in San Antonio. This came as a surprise to just about everyone.
But those crazy Spurs fans are upset....SMFH
Richard Jefferson has just opted out of the final year of his contract .. would have guaranteed him... - Pounding The Rock
F***. Unless he's signing a longer-term deal with us worth less money in this upcoming season, this doesn't help.
[Note by Seth Pollack, 06/30/10 5:17 PM MST ]
speaks errr tweets
Twitter / Amar'e Stoudemire: I opted out of my contract ...
I opted out of my contract with PHX. Can't wait to see what lies ahead. I had a blast with my teammates last season. What's Next !!
[Note by Wil Cantrell, 06/30/10 5:34 PM MST ]
Tweet from John Gambadoro of KTAR:
New developments - Houston Rockets interested in Amare Stoudemire. Would likely be a sign and trade with Luis Scola and Battier if it happens
HMMM. Think hard about that one.
[Note by Wil Cantrell, 06/30/10 7:50 PM MST ]
More from Gambadoro via tweet:
Based on my latest phone conversation it does not appear that the Amare Stoudemire will remain with the Phoenix Suns 7.40 P.M.
Amare won't settle for less than a 5 year deal, Phoenix not willing to go more then 4 years. Pat Riley flew to LA to meet with Amare tonite. 7.42 P.M.
[Note by Seth Pollack, 06/30/10 8:30 PM MST ]
Twitter / Paul Coro: Sources repeatedly say Sto ...
Sources repeatedly say Stoudemire wants to be in Phx. One said he'd take a 5-yr deal if Phx offered it. Maybe at less than max $.
[Note by Wil Cantrell, 06/30/10 9:06 PM MST ]
More tweets from Gambo, who is evidently tied to Sarver:
Amare's first choice is to stay in Phoenix. But I am told he won't leave money on the table. Suns offer roughly 4/$84 - Max elsewhere 5/100. 9.00 P.M.
Plus Amare wants 6 yrs from Phx not 5-So unless Phx caves in to demands all it will take is max offer from Mia, NY, Chi or Houst (sign+trd). 9.00 P.M.
[Note by Wil Cantrell, 06/30/10 9:12 PM MST ]
Adrian Wojnarowrski: Miami Heat president Pat Riley and team officials are planning to meet Amar'e Stoudemire shortly after midnight ET Thursday in Los Angeles, league sources told Yahoo! Sports.Stoudemire is competing with Chris Bosh and Carlos Boozer to join Dwyane Wade with the Heat... The Suns have offered him a five-year maximum contract with injury protections in the fifth year. Nevertheless, Stoudemire has been slow to commit to Suns owner Robert Sarver, whose financial commitment to compete with the Western Conference elite has been unclear.
[Note by Wil Cantrell, 06/30/10 9:57 PM MST ]
More Wojo (tweet):
The Knicks want Amar'e Stoudemire to travel to New York over the weekend, but doubtful he makes it there until Monday, source says.
A bit different from Pat Riley flying to LA to talk with Stat, isn't it? Reminds me of "David Griffin can have an interview if he wants one."
[Note by Wil Cantrell, 06/30/10 10:28 PM MST ]
KTAR radio proudly reports Amare is still a Sun.