As the trade deadline approached one of the scenarios involving Suns' star forward Amare Stoudemire was the All-Star to Memphis for a first-round draft pick, Rudy Gay and Mike Conley.
According to the Arizona Republic, one person who is glad the trade did not go through is Memphis coach Lionel Hollins.
"You can make a trade like that and it looks good on the surface but we're not a winning team," said Hollins.
"You're trading your nucleus for one player who's probably not going to take you over the hump. I love Amare Stoudemire as a player but he's not Shaq (Shaquille O'Neal) when Shaq was in his prime. He's not LeBron James. He's not Kobe Bryant. Even those guys need players around them.
"If we trade a huge core of our nucleus and a first-round pick, Amaré is sitting here by himself unhappy, and we're still a losing team. So what benefit did a trade make? It would have helped Phoenix."
Grizzlies Relieved Amare Trade Was Not Made
Posted April 11, 2009 - 08:45 AM
Posted April 11, 2009 - 01:17 PM
Whether you like him or not, Amare is a legitimate big man in this league who can do some damage in the post-season when healthy. They'd be sitting on Gasol-Amare-Mayo-top 5 pick. You can easily replace Gay w/ a player coming out of this draft class. It's wing-stacked.
Outside of Griffin (who Memphis won't get), you're not going to find another Amare-esque type impact player in this draft. Probably just me, but I like a team led by Amare (who's been in the post-season several times and knows what it takes to get back) and a youthful core consisting of Gasol, Mayo and someone like DeRozan or even Jennings (Jennings-Mayo-SF-Amare-Gasol, that's crazy).
Posted April 11, 2009 - 02:08 PM
Rudy Gay is a dime a dozen athletic SF. I mean, the league is so saturated with athletic SF's it's not even funny. You have a chance to get a 20/10 big man, you do it.
Posted April 11, 2009 - 08:22 PM
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