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Miami Heat Player-by-Player Overview

May 27th, 2016 1 comment
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The Miami Heat will start the summer with just six players under contract for the 2016-17 season – Chris Bosh, Goran Dragic, Josh McRoberts, Justise Winslow, Briante Weber and Josh Richardson. Those six players will cost a combined $49.8 million.

The remaining nine players will become free agents – Dwyane Wade, Luol Deng, Udonis Haslem, Hassan Whiteside, Gerald Green, Amare Stoudemire, Tyler Johnson, Joe Johnson and Dorell Wright. Those nine players will carry a combined $54.7 million in cap holds.

The Heat will therefore technically start the summer over the cap, with a team salary of $104.5 million against a projected salary cap of $92.0 million.

Here is a brief overview of how things can go from there for all 15 current Heat players.  Read more…

New York Knicks to sign Amare Stoudemire

July 5th, 2010 6 comments
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The first highly-touted power forward is off the boards. And it’s not a bad outcome for the Miami Heat.

As expected, the New York Knicks have come to terms with Amare Stoudemire on a contract worth nearly $100 million over five seasons.

Said Stoudemire:

I feel great, really, about being a pioneer and showing my leadership. It’s a situation where no one wanted to make that first move. Totally comfortable, totally confident that my leadership qualities will uplift all of us to do something great this upcoming season. So again, the Knicks are back.

Sounds like a man with some doubt still lingering. Stoudemire would have preferred to join Dwyane Wade and the Heat. But Miami has bigger plans. And those plans look more and more promising with each passing moment.

Wade and Chris Bosh seem inexorably linked. The two have been friends for some time. They share the same agent. They dine together. They laugh together. They appear to want to play together.

There have been rumors stating that a D-Wade and Chris Bosh partnership is imminent. With just over two days left to go until projected commitment time (Thursday), South Florida is currently the only place where that can happen. Chicago, the only other destination where such a pairing is even remotely being considered, remains below the second max threshold by $2,730,417. And neither Wade nor Bosh strikes me as willing to forgo that excess cash.

Amare in New York, with nothing surrounding him, is manageable. They’re getting him at an excessive price. And they won’t be getting Steve Nash with him. Read more…

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Getting Creative With Amare Stoudemire

June 16th, 2010 13 comments
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Amare Stoudemire will opt out of the final year of his contract if he doesn’t sign an extension with the Phoenix Suns before the deadline at the end of this month. The All-Star power forward said there was “no chance” he would exercise the final year of his contract with the Suns without an extension, which would pay him about $17.7 million.

With Steve Kerr now out as general manager, the repercussions can be felt all the way in South Florida. Kerr played an integral role in discussions with agent Happy Walters. Over the course of the past few months, the two negotiated about as amicably as parties on opposing sides can on an extension that would have kept Stoudemire in Phoenix through 2015.

The Suns, it appears, have significantly hurt their chances of keeping Stoudemire. Those talks will now need to start anew. Walters expects to receive a finalized, formal extension offer before free agency begins on July 1, but the absence of Kerr means there is mystery now where there was none before. Unless the Suns come equipped with a maximum offer for three additional years (through the 2013/14 season) for a combined total of approximately $61 million (approximately $79 million including Stoudemire’s player option for next season), it’s likely Stoudemire will be on his way to test the free agent waters. Even with such an offer, the apparent lack of direction may be enough to turn Stoudemire away.

The Suns’ loss could be the Heat’s gain.

When healthy, Stoudemire is perhaps the most explosive low post presence in the game today. He averaged 23.1 points and 8.9 rebounds last season while playing all 82 regular season games, and was especially effective after the Suns decided against trading him at the All-Star break. His contributions on the court certainly merit at-or-near maximum contract consideration, which could pay him as much as $100 million over five seasons.

But such a long-term commitment is terrifying for a man so prone to injury. Read more…

Breaking Down Amare’s Impending Decision

May 10th, 2010 No comments
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Amare Stoudemire's value increases with every playoff victory

Amare's value increases with every playoff victory

Leading up to the last two NBA trade deadlines, Amare Stoudemire seemed destined to leave Phoenix.

Suns executives intensely shopped him as his standing with his team and city soured, and at times appeared close to completing a trade. And though a deal never went through, most of us expected this to be Stoudemire’s final season in the Valley of the Sun.

Now, Suns general manager Steve Kerr seems determined to keep him.

It all makes perfect sense. The Suns finished off the season going 22-5 after the February 18 trade deadline, playing perhaps the best team basketball during the 27-year-old’s eight-year tenure.

It’s amazing how winning basketball games can completely change the outlook of a player driven to seek out a happier home. Having watched the Suns dismantle a Spurs team which came into the series looking poised and confident and limped out of it looking old and defeated, it is hard for me to believe Stoudemire actually wants to leave Phoenix.

He has a head coach in Alvin Gentry which he seems to mesh well with. Gentry has fostered the best relationship with Stoudemire of any coach Stoudemire has had. Gentry even learned how to text-message because it is said to be Stoudemire’s favorite form of off-court communication. It has served him well to get the best all-around effort out of his star. Amare is playing the best basketball of his career, and not just at the offensive end. He is, believe it or not, defending better than most ever thought possible. Just at the right time. Read more…

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Why Pursue Stoudemire?

February 9th, 2010 No comments
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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?

Amare Stoudemire: Let the Games Begin

February 7th, 2010 No comments
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After the latest round of discussions with Amar’e Stoudemire didn’t appear destined to produce a contract extension, the Phoenix Suns have reportedly intensified their efforts to trade the All-Star power forward.

Sources say the Suns have become more active in talks over the past few days, and believe the franchise will take the best offer for Stoudemire before the February 18 trade deadline. With Stoudemire able to opt out of the final $17.7 million season of his contract at the end of the season, the Suns don’t want to risk losing him for nothing in free agency this summer.

The Miami Heat, as well as the Chicago Bulls, New Jersey Nets, Philadelphia 76ers, Detroit Pistons, Golden State Warriors, Cleveland Cavaliers and a host of others, reportedly have a strong interest.

With Stoudemire having undergone serious knee and eye surgeries in recent years, there are differing perspectives on his market value. Stoudemire has expressed a belief that he is a maximum-contract player. That’s not what the Suns have been willing to offer. But some team that is otherwise facing the prospect of striking out this summer surely will give it to him.

Stoudemire insists that he is 100% healthy, although many have questioned whether he is as explosive. Nevertheless, he has made a strong comeback from eye surgery this season – averaging 20.9 points and 8.6 rebounds.

As they did when they shopped him last season, the Suns want a combination of young talent, salary-cap relief and draft picks for him. Some teams are hesitant to trade for Stoudemire for fear he won’t want to re-sign with them this summer.

The Heat have the means with which to make one of the more compelling offers.

Should they? Should they risk putting together a compelling offer on a player who could choose to opt out of his contract just five months later? Should they risk having him opt into the final season of his contract (which is more than $1 million higher than Dwyane Wade’s maximum salary would be), even if doing so puts increasing pressure on the team’s ability sign a third maximum contract free agent?

The Heat is playing a dangerous game. While Miami is considered a potential destination for LeBron James and Chris Bosh this summer, two more coveted free agents than Stoudemire, the danger with doing nothing now is that Wade might walk if the team fails to get James, Bosh or another top player or two. Stoudemire could short-circuit the rebuilding process and serve as an impetus for Wade to both stay and recruit others. How much should that factor into the decision?  Read more…

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