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Miami Heat Coming Hard For Amare

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Yo, Adrian! It's me, Amare. Rocky-loves-adrian-rocky-5138512-321-502_medium

Ah come on, Adrian, it's true. I was nobody. But that don't matter either, you know? 'Cause I was thinkin', it really don't matter if I get traded. It really don't matter if this guy wants me, either. 'Cause all I wanna do is go the distance. Nobody's ever gone the distance with da Suns, and if I can go that distance, you see, and that trade bell rings and I'm still standin', I'm gonna know for the first time in my life, see, that I weren't just another bum from the neighborhood.

Just a few hours after Steve Kerr turns down the heat and Paul Coro reads between the lines and tamps down the fires of the trade talk furnace, our old friend and ultimate NBA insider Adrian Woj of Yahoo! Sports drops this mid-night bomb:

Miami Heat president Pat Riley has emerged as one of the most determined pursuers of Phoenix Suns forward Amar'e Stoudemire, proposing several different packages that make available any of his players short of Dwyane Wade, league sources told Yahoo! Sports.

The Heat have discussed several scenarios with the Suns, including packages that include combinations of young players (Michael Beasley, Dorell Wright) and expiring contracts (Jermaine O'Neal and Quentin Richardson) the Heat are also willing to part with their 2010 first-round draft pick.

"Nobody is pushing harder on this than Riley," one league source said.

We've already looked at the Heat deal which has been high on my list since this time last year because Miami is a place Amare would be happy to re-sign, the Heat need a front court star to pair with Wade and they've got plenty of assets to make a deal work.

In fact, I am just going to quote myself from a week ago making the case for why Amare makes sense for the Heat:

We already heard that the Heat like Bosh over Amare as the better defender but between Boozer and Amare I would give the edge to Sun Tzu.

If you are Miami do you wait until the summer and duke it out with about about 7 other teams who have cap space they've been promising their fans they will use on a big name or do you strike now at the only one of those guys available at the deadline. Amare Stoudemire.

The only new twist in Woj's story is the inclusion of Dorrell Wright, a 6' 9" small forward with five years experience whose biggest year minutes-wise was 25 per game in the 2007/08 season when Wade was out and the Heat won 15 games.

Color me skeptical, but since he's only a $2.8m expiring contract maybe he's a wing defender that the Suns could rent for the rest of the season. Whatever.

FG 3PT FT Rebounds Misc
G M M A Pct M A Pct M A Pct Off Def Tot Ast TO Stl Blk PF PPG
2009 - Dorell Wright 45 19.5 2.5 5.3 46.4 0.6 1.7 38.2 0.6 0.6 92.9 0.6 2.5 3.1 1.4 0.7 0.7 0.4 1.2 6.2

I still don't see how Jermaine O'Neal fits into any deal given that he's got a $23m contract, UNLESS the Heat are willing to take Barbosa. I am guess the Suns will try and throw in Jason Richardson - who the 76ers reportedly rejected - but that makes NO SENSE for Miami.

So to recap - Riley has a hard-on for Amare and is willing include any of his players (including Beasley, who I still have questions about) and a 1st rd draft pick (remember the Heat also have the Raptors' pick) to get Amare now as opposed to waiting until this summer. The fact that the Heat have lost 7 of their last 9 games certainly must have something to do with their renewed sense of urgency.

Just remember folks, there's only 8 more days until the trade deadline. This can't go on forever.

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