Rumor: Spurs After Amare Stoudemire?
There is a rumor now that the Spurs are pursuing a deal for Amare Stoudemire that could include Manu Ginobili and/or George Hill. Personally, while I would like to have Stoudemire around, I don’t see giving up unselfish guys like Ginobili and Hill for a player whose unselfishness is questionable. He had run-ins with Shaq and Marion before, and I don’t know that he would be the best fit in San Antonio. I do love the idea of getting Chris Bosh, though. Unfortunately, that seems like a long shot right now and will probably only happen in the off-season, if at all.
But let me get back to the Stoudemire trade. There is only one real way I can see this working without including Duncan, Parker or Ginobili or involving another team. The Spurs would most likely have to move Antonio McDyess, the increasingly useless Michael Finley, and the underachieving Richard Jefferson for a package of Stoudemire and Grant Hill.
So why would either team do it? Well, for the Suns, McDyess and Finley would be returning to Phoenix (McDyess for the third time), and they would get a potentially explosive scorer out of Jefferson who could be a better fit with a Steve Nash than he is with a Tony Parker. Stoudemire is all but out the door anyway, and Grant Hill’s contract expires this year. They still get another year out of RJ and Finley’s contract expires this year. McDyess could help fill the void in the frontcourt, or they could buy him out which could pave the way for the Spurs to bring him back.
For the Spurs, Grant Hill can fill the void at Small Forward and is a decent passer and scorer who is also as unselfish as they come. He could make a great facilitator for the Spurs who find their offense sputtering at times. And of course, Stoudemire would start at either Center or Power Forward, pushing DeJuan Blair into McDyess’s current role as the first option at forward/center off the bench. It could work, even if it doesn’t seem likely to happen. The Spurs are, afterall, one of the Suns biggest rivals right now, so it’s hard to imagine them pulling the trigger on any deal. But hey, you never know. I never would have thought Pau Gasol would get traded to the Lakers for a used Kleenex and a bag of stale Doritos, but it happened.
It might just be a matter of the Spurs being involved in a multi-team trade to see what they can get, not necessarily Stoudemire. I’ll post more updates as this story develops (if at all) for the Spurs. For now, I must go get myself a Venom drink for my daily dose of heart palpitations.