According to a report out of Miami, the Phoenix Suns almost traded Amare Stoudemire to the Boston Celtics in 2009. The story is part of a larger article exploring Ray Allen's relationship with his old team.
The Phoenix Suns all-star forward/center was involved in many NBA trade rumors leading up to his eventual departure as a free agent in 2010. This report comes straight from Ray Allen who claims he was part of deal that would have moved him and point guard Rajon Rondo to the Suns in return for Stoudemire, Leandro Barbosa and the Suns 14th overall pick in the 2010 NBA Draft.
The story does not specify why the deal didn't happen.
Allen sat down for three separate one-on-one interviews — with The Miami Herald, the South Florida Sun-Sentinel and the Palm Beach Post — on Thursday to clear the air well before the season opener. He said the friction with Rondo began in 2009 when Rivers and Celtics president Danny Ainge proposed a trade that would have sent Allen and Rondo to Phoenix for Amare Stoudemire, Leandro Barbosa and the 14th overall pick in the 2010 draft.
Stoudemire was also almost dealt in a trade involving the Boston Celtics in 2007. That move would have brought Kevin Garnett to the Suns from Minnesota with Stoudemire going to Atlanta and Shawn Marion to the Celtics. The deal was reportedly nixed when Marion refused to give Boston assurances that he would sign an extension to remain a Celtic.