Trade Interest in Amar'e Stoudemire Suggest San Antonio Spurs Might Be Panicking
Over the years of watching Gregg Popovich and Tim Duncan win championships in San Antonio, it's been clear that the Spurs embrace exactly one type of player: egoless hard workers who can fill roles around the Spurs' star trio of Duncan, Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili.
So this news from Adrian Wojnarowski is a bit odd:
Nevertheless, the possibility of an athletic, offensive force like Stoudemire has become too irresistible to easily dismiss. The Spurs (25-18) have lost five of their past six games, and have fallen into sixth place in the Western Conference.
“They know they’ve got to do something,” says a source familiar with the front office’s thinking. “They feel like they’ve got to at least look at this … and they are.”
Woj also reports that the Spurs would likely have to give up the extremely popular (yet aging and injury prone) Ginobili to make a deal work.
Stoudemire's impending free agency and ability to walk away next year would also seem to hamper a deal, as would his propensity to not try very hard defensively, which is contrary to the Spurs' grind-it-out philosophy.
Next to defensive stalwarts Duncan, Antonio McDyess and rookie Dejuan Blair up front may hide Stoudemire's weaknesses, however.
While Stoudemire's scoring would certainly replace Ginobili's, the Spurs would also likely lose promising young point guard George Hill and/or Thiago Splitter, a star in Europe whose rights are owned by the Spurs in a deal.
Stoudemire hasn't been all that happy playing second fiddle to Phoenix star Steve Nash throughout his career, it's hard to imagine he'd be thrilled to go to a team that frowns on superstar attitudes when he's free next year to sign somewhere and become a franchise centerpiece for the first time.