Before losing big man Amar’e Stoudemire to the New York Knicks in free agency, the Suns flirted with idea of trading him on many occasions.
The most famous rumor came during LeBron James’ final year in Cleveland with the Cavaliers, who were reportedly reluctant to include J.J. Hickson in a deal that would have netted them Stoudemire.
According to current TNT announcer and former Suns’ General Manager Steve Kerr, that was the only deal that nearly went down involving Stoudemire.
Kerr told Tim Kawakami of the San Jose Mercury News that the Suns nearly acquired Golden State Warriors’ guard Stephen Curry.
-Q: Were you guys close to a trade with the Warriors for Curry?
-KERR: It was close. There was not a deal done. But it was tricky because of Amare’s physical situation. Because he had bad knees, any deal that we were going to make would’ve been subject to a physical…
But we were very far down the road.
I think we felt like from our side that if Steph dropped to 7 where they were picking that we were going to get a deal done. That’s what it felt like.
At the time with all the discussions… we had a lot of discussions, Larry and I did. But again that’s all part of the way things work in the NBA–until something is approved by the league office, you can’t count on it.
We felt pretty good about it, though.
Oh what could have been for the Suns.