Multiple outlets are reporting today that the Phoenix Suns are closing to sending disgruntled star Amar’e Stoudemire to the Portland Trail Blazers in a deal involving LaMarcus Aldridge.
Phoenix would also aqcuire talented rookie Jerryd Bayless and Raef LaFrentz (and his expiring contract) in the deal.
I’m not normally a big believer in trade rumors, but this one makes a lot of sense. Stoudemire would team with Brandon Roy to give Portland a dynamic scoring duo. The Blazers are in need of another scorer to compliment Roy.
Aldridge much less talented than Stoudemire, but he would provide stability for the Suns. He is a capable defender, a good rebounder,and his accurate outside shot could help Shaq flourish inside.
The wildcard of the deal could be former Arizon Wildcat Jerryd Bayless. With Steve Nash in the twilight of his career, Bayless would figure to give the Suns a terrific replacement for the two-time MVP.
Portland will have room under the salary cap to negotiate a long-term deal with Stoudemire, who can opt-out of his contract in 2010. Although he has said he would prefer to play in a big-time market, Amar’e should know that NBA players seem to enjoy playing in Portland.