Why Pursue Stoudemire?

There are numerous reasons why it would make a great deal of strategic sense for the Heat to make a strong play for Amare Stoudemire in advance of the February 18 trade deadline.

Here’s another: It eliminates the potential for the Cavaliers to get him. Cleveland appears to be the front-runner at the moment for Stoudemire’s services at the moment; they’d have almost no chance to get him in free agency.

The free agency summer ahead is as much a chess match between competitors for LeBron James as it is anything else.

James wants Stoudemire. It makes strategic sense that if the Heat have the chance to block a deal, they should take it – particularly with the excellent cover that he’d be an excellent fit for the Heat. It wouldn’t be seen as reactionary.

If the Cavaliers land Stoudemire, James is happy. The Cavaliers become clear-cut favorites to reach the N.B.A. Finals. If they win, they become clear-cut favorites to retain both James and Stoudemire for the long-term.

Even assuming the Heat is then successful in acquiring Chris Bosh on the free agent market, could a Wade-Beasley-Bosh core truly compete with the Cavaliers of today plus Amare?

Ask yourself that question honestly. What’s it worth to you to ensure that doesn’t happen? Micheal Beasley?

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