Amare Stoudemire will re-sign with the Phoenix Suns if they give him a maximum deal. That means the Suns would have to offer Amare Stoudemire that maximum deal before the free agency deadline hits, this year scheduled for June 30. July 1 is the beginning of the free agency period, when players can go around to teams and find out what the offer might be for a new contract.
That July 1 date has been circled on calendars around the league, because it will begin the week of courting where many NBA teams will try to convince the best free agents to come to sign with their city. LeBron James and Dwyane Wade are the two biggest names on the market, but Amare Stoudemire could join that list if the Suns don’t really want him.
For the Phoenix Suns to retain Stoudemire, they would have to offer him a contract of $127 million over the next six years. It could possibly be a contract extension as well, added to the option that exists for next season, where Stoudemire is scheduled to make $17 million.
According to ESPN today, Stoudemire spoke at a basketball camp where he talked about wanting that maximum deal. It’s an expected development in how the future of Stoudemire will play out in this league, and the 27-year-old NBA All-Star is well-aware that, if Phoenix won’t re-sign him according to his terms, he will be able to sign with another team that will pay him what he wants. The single advantage that Phoenix has in these negotiations is that they can pay Stoudemire close to $30 million more than what he could get signing a free agent contract with another team.
During the 2009-10 season for the Phoenix Suns, Stoudemire played in all 82 games, scoring 23.1 points per game and grabbing 8.9 rebound per game. He averaged just 34.6 minutes per game as well, showing how much he could do in that limited time on the floor. Shooting the ball at 58 percent and hitting 77 percent from the free throw line also shows that he could really help out any team that he plays for. What team that will be during the 2010-11 NBA season could be up in the air until July at this point.
The Phoenix Suns seem to have an important decision to make in the case of Stoudemire, and it is whether or not they think he is worth that maximum deal. If he is, then it seems like an easy decision, and they should get him into a room to sign that contract as soon as possible. If they don’t think he is worth it though, then the decision is even easier, because Stoudemire isn’t going to sign for anything less than what he thinks he is worth at this point.
New contracts for free agents looking to sign with a new team will begin getting signed on July 8th, giving the NBA just under a month before chaos breaks out across the entire league.