The wild card in the second half of the NBA season could very well be Amare Stoudemire, as the Phoenix Suns are increasing their efforts to trade the forward, according to a Yahoo Sports report.
The 27-year-old has spent his entire career in Phoenix after he was drafted out of high school ninth overall in the 2002 draft. The Suns, however, don't feel like they can sign Stoudemire to an extension, according to the report. The team is concerned that Stoudemire will opt out of the final year of his deal, and the team will be left with nothing.
It's not the first time Stoudemire's name has been thrown about the rumor mill. Last season, it was widely believed that he would be on the move, but the Suns never pulled the trigger. On the day of the trading deadline, Stoudemire suffered an eye injury that sidelined him for the rest of the season.
Yahoo lists the Philadelphia 76ers, Chicago Bulls, Miami Heat, New Jersey Nets, Golden State Warriors and Cleveland Cavaliers as potential landing spots for Stoudemire, provided one of those teams can wow Phoenix GM Steve Kerr.
This season, Stoudemire is averaging 20.9 points and 8.6 rebounds per contest, which is around his career average. He's played in all 45 games this year, though he has missed significant playing time in his career with the eye injury and knee problems.
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