As a Suns fan, my biased opinion would be for them to hold on to Amar'e and try and make one last run at the playoffs. However, the current team isn't built to compete with the top tier teams in the West. With that being said, the business side of me would let Amar'e enter the season with that chip on his shoulder that he always seems to harbor. That chip will only allow him to increase his trade value with All-Star caliber play in the Suns first half of 09-10. If the team is out of the mix come January, then blow it up again and call it a done deal. Re-building is obviously in the near future for the Suns one way or the other. The question is whether Sarver will give the them one more chance. By the looks of the past few days, it looks like he will, for the short-term.
Sunday, July 12, 2009
With the moves made last week, and the extension with Steve Nash expected to be finalized this week, things are starting to take shape for next year's squad. Amar'e Stoudemire is recovering from a minor eye surgery to clean some things up and should be able to resume activities in a week or two. The interview with him in the Republic this morning did little to provide optimism for anything past the upcoming season. Amar'e said that the conversation between his agent and Steve Kerr went phenomenal although an extension was not even discussed so it's hard to imagine how great the talks actually went. Ric Bucher did post on Twitter that Amar'e to Golden State was "dead" so that is a positive sign, while rumors have been floating around of the Suns desire to remove STAT from the trade market altogether.
Friday, July 10, 2009
Just when we thought the Suns offseason couldn't be any more boring and uneventful, they finally decided to wake up this morning and make something happen. KTAR 620 reported this morning that Grant Hill has chosen to stay with the Suns, while local Valley product Channing Frye will sign a 3 year deal with the club as well. Frye should fit well into the Suns system with his ability to hit the mid-range jumper. John Gambodoro also reported that Suns brass will meet with Steve Nash and his agent in Las Vegas next week to finalize his contract extension for two more years on top of his final year of his current contract.
We weren't finished there as first round pick Earl Clark came to terms as well. Couple that with the Twitter feed from Amar'e stating he was having his final eye surgery to fix the iris, and it's been a productive day for the organization. Even though none of these moves actually make the team better, at least we will have an opportunity to win or lose with what made us great, instead of gutting the team and having a built-in excuse for why we will probably miss the playoffs again.
Wednesday, July 8, 2009
The Suns offseason of standstill continues while it appears that the Matrix may be coming back to the Western Conference after all, just not to PHX. For all the Suns fans out there who would love to see Shawn Marion back in Phoenix, it doesn't look like that is going to happen. I never saw Marion being that interested in coming back anyways. The window on this version of Suns 2.o expired two years ago
Marc Stein just tweeted: STEIN_LINE_HQESPN.com reports that Memphis has been recruited as 3rd team in the Dallas/Toronto S-and-T for Matrix Marion. Deal close but not done
STEIN_LINE_HQMatrix Marion-to-Dallas deal could wind up including four teams from what I'm hearing.http://bit.ly/Q9WtT
Monday, July 6, 2009
John Gambadoro is reporting that the Suns have an interest in bringing back fan-favorite Shawn Marion for the mid-level exception. I'd have to believe that this would be a last ditch option for Trix seeing as how Steve Kerr sent him on his way after telling him he wasn't a max-extension candidate. (which he wasn't by the way, but that's here nor there) Spending last season in Miami and Toronto surely opened his eyes to life after Nash. It should be interesting to see how this one plays out. Stay tuned