The Phoenix Suns appear ready to move on without the services of their All – Star big man Amar’e Stoudemire.
Word came yesterday afternoon that Channing Frye would return to the team that resurrected his career as the 6’11” sharp shooting big man formerly agreed upon a reported 5 – year, $30 million deal; and now Paul Coro of the Arizona Republic reports today that the Suns will bulk up their front court even more by agreeing to sign NBA journeyman Hakim Warrick, formerly of the Chicago Bulls, to a reported 4 – year deal worth $18 million.
For the Suns all signs continue to point to a future without Stoudemire, a consensus around the league that has been building for some time now. Amar’e will demand a max deal and should get it from some anxious NBA team this summer. The market is definitely prime for a big man of Amar’e’s obvious skill set and talents; and he is, without a doubt, using that to his advantage.
However the same could be said for Frye, who at $30 million ultimately was able to secure much more than he would have demanded at this point last season. Not to say that Channing Frye isn’t a worthy candidate for such a deal, however with players like Amir Johnson in Toronto landing a reported 5 – year, $34 million deal and Drew Gooden securing a similar five year deal worth, you guessed it, $30 million; Frye definitely worked the overpriced climate of the current NBA market to his advantage.
It remains to be seen what Owner Robert Sarver’s ultimate plans are in regards to the Suns’ future sans Amar’e. But at this point he appears to be content at putting out an exciting product on the floor and saving himself from paying the luxury tax associated with significantly going over the cap.
In terms of Stoudemire’s destination, he and many of the other big names are still on the board. However, with Rudy Gay, Paul Pierce and Joe Johnson all appearing to be staying with their respective teams, right now the build up for Free Agency 2010 has been somewhat of a letdown. Then again you really didn’t expect for the likes of LeBron James, D-Wade, or Amar’e Stoudemire to sign with any teams right at 12:01 am Thursday morning, did you?
Drama follow the dramatic; and the league’s biggest Drama King LeBron James will surely drag this thing out as long as he possibly can.
But who can blame him? At the end of the day, James and his free agent counterparts have earned the right to be courted with such urgency and attentiveness.
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