Saturday, March 6, 2010
Amare and Boozer?
Rumors had been flying around that Miami's talks with Phoenix and Utah were about making deals in the off season for Stoudemire and/or Boozer. We already had heard Boozer lobbying to join forces with Wade last season and now Amare is letting it be known that he is open to a sign and trade to Miami or Cleveland after the season.
You figure Phoenix and Utah will be in a better position to deal their stars for young players and draft picks in the off-season rather than in the midst of a playoff push.
However, I wonder if Miami can pull off either acquisition without including Michael Beasley. Honestly, Phoenix and Utah will not have the leverage to demand Beasley as both Boozer and Stoudemire could easily sign rich contracts without their former club's help. If Beasley is shipped it will probably be part of a much bigger deal. Maybe landing both players?
Neither Boozer or Amare will ever be compared to Alonzo Mourning on the defensive end, but each is legitimately one of the top Power Forwards in the game and Amare can be very effective as an undersized center. As sad as it is to admit, Michael Beasley's legacy in Miami may end up being that of a trade asset.
Ever since we lost that draft lottery and we heard Pat Riley say that he was going to "leverage" the pick, this possibility has been in the back of my mind. It seems Michael Beasley was drafted because he was the best available player, nobody traded up for the right to draft him and he has been available ever since.
With Pat Riley you never know what to expect, he has already pulled off the largest trade in NBA history to help bring Miami its first championship, could this off-season bring us a similar package? My guess is that Wade WILL have two All-Stars playing next to him next season even if it has to be at the expense of Mike Beasley.