It has been reported that Amare Stoudemire will go in talks with Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh, LeBron James, and Joe Johnson about the NBA Free Agency.
“I’m friends with LeBron, Dwyane, Chris [Bosh] — all those guys are friends of mine,” Stoudemire said. “So I’m pretty sure they’ll call me and we’ll talk about a few things.”
All of these players are talking to the press, their friends…everyone about July 1st.When the Phoenix Suns lost to the Los Angeles Lakers in Game Six of the Western Conference Finals, 111-103, Stoudemire considered this may be his last game in a Suns’ uniform.
“It did, actually,” Stoudemire said, when asked if that thought had crossed his mind. “It did. I didn’t know how to feel. As I was walking out, I was thinking it could be my last time walking through this tunnel with the Suns uniform on. I’ve been here my whole career, so I definitely had that feeling. But there’s a good possibility that I may be back.”
Stoudemire plans to evaluate his options for this summer and see which benefits him the most. He is going to look very closely at this.
“It’s going to take a lot of research,” Stoudemire said. “It’s going to take a lot of studying. It’s almost like fantasy basketball — trying to build a team and figure out, how can we win a championship, and with what team?”
Stoudemire has been playing with Phoenix for all of his eight years in the NBA after going pro after high school.
Stoudemire says he is “50-50″ on his decision to return to the team.
“You want to make a sound decision, because it’s going into the second half of your career,” Stoudemire said. “Ultimately all of us want to win a championship, but my loyalty stands here in Phoenix as of right now. So if we can get guys to come to Phoenix and play, then that would be great. If not, then we’ve got to figure it out.”
He can stay with the Suns and still make the playoffs. But Steve Nash is aging and it’s been reported that Channing Frye may opt out of his contract.
But Frye opting out may mean that he wants a new deal.
And that may change Stoudemire’s plans, who wants a maximum deal.
“It’s going to be an interesting summer,” Stoudemire said.