I understand the fact that the Suns are no longer contenders – I’ve accepted it. Phoenix had the 6th highest payroll in the NBA last season and missed the playoffs, it isn’t exactly a recipe for success. While I think they were in fact much better than their record – Amare Stoudemire’s injury, Terry Porter’s existence, along with injuries to Steve Nash and Leandro Barbosa hurt them quite a bit – even if they had been healthy and playing under Alvin Gentry for an entire season they would not have won a championship. Thus I’ve accepted that Shaq needed to go in order to clear some payroll to make the team younger. However this Amare to Golden State crap is ridiculous. The original rumor was that Golden State would give up 7 foot Ivan Drago-clone Andris Biedrins (he of the 11 pt – 11 rebound averages), 3rd year underachiever Brandan Wright, summer league superstar Marco Belinelli, and the 7th overall pick in the recent NBA Draft – Stephen Curry. I am not crazy about, nor do I even like, that deal. If those players were so talented Golden State probably would have cracked the THIRTY win mark.
Now in the last 24 hours it’s been announced that Golden State won’t surrender Curry in a package for Amare. My only thought about this is – if the Karver pair opts to still make this trade without Curry they should be shot – probably in the face. First of all I’m not even convinced Curry is that great in the first place – he average a whole bunch of points on a bad Davidson team where he was the lone offensive option. I’ve seen a few recent comparisons to Reggie Miller due to the fact that they are both relatively skinny – but Reggie was 6’7 and Curry is 6’3. Call it a humble opinion but Curry ends up as his father at best – he’s a tweener. But if you REMOVE Curry from the package it’s just 3 average players for a star. Suns fans should be familiar with that arrangement as we recieved Charles Barkley in 1992 for a similar package (Tim Perry, Andrew Lang, and Jeff Hornacek). I think we all remember who that worked out for. The fact of the matter is this – you’ve got to get value for your stars. Actual basketball value.
So what’s my solution you may ask? Hang onto Amare – give him his big deal and build around him. The guy is a 26 year-old all-star forward. That’s the start – keep Amare and Barbosa. Oh and also make that trade with New Orleans to turn Ben Wallace into Tyson Chandler. Chandler offers everything Biedrins does – and he doesn’t cost you an all world power forward in the process. Having a young, long, athletic center to play alongside Stoudemire (as opposed to Biedrins by himself) would have excellent results.
This could get ugly.