Amar'e Stoudemire Says He Won't Pick Up Player Option With Phoenix Suns; That's Fine with Us

Amar'e Stoudemire is talking again, and all we can do is laugh.

Stoudemire, speaking at his youth basketball camp in Gilbert, says there's no way he is picking up his $17.7 million player option and staying with the Phoenix Suns next season.

This leaves two options for Los Suns: sign him before June 30 or let him walk in free-agency.

The problem with Stoudemire, aside from his inconsistent rebounding and poor defense, is that he wants a max contract to stay in the desert.

Let's see. Should the Suns hand a boat-load of money to just one player, or spread it around so the overall team gets better?

We just don't think shelling out close to $134 million for the next six years is worth it. That max contract is roughly $22 million per year. Not happening.

It's an easy choice: Let him walk.

Plus, there are other free agents that Phoenix can certainly go after.

While the big names of LeBron James, Chris Bosh, and Dwyane Wade sound nice, they probably aren't heading here.

But what about Dirk Nowitzki, Steve Nash's old buddy from Dallas? Dirk, who would be a vast improvement over Stoudemire, might consider coming here to help his pal win a title. 

What about Carlos Boozer? While he may score a few points less, he's a better rebounder than STAT, especially when you consider Amar'e's playoff numbers.

There's also Joe Johnson. May he'd be willing to come back for another run at the title?

There's also Shaquille O'Neal. OK, we're just kidding on that idea.

It's been eight years since Stoudemire was drafted ninth overall out of high school. His career numbers: 21.4 points per game, 8.9 rebounds per game and 1.4 blocks per game.

Solid numbers, yes. But the Suns have never reached the NBA Finals with Stoudemire. It's time for a different direction.

Goodbye, Amar'e Stoudemire. At least your goggles looked cool.

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