Jun 30, 2010 3:03 PM EDT
Amar'e Stoudemire has opted out of his contract, worth $17.6M, and will become an unrestricted free agent.
His agent, Happy Walters, confirmed the news to Yahoo.
?The offer isn?t where it needs to be yet, but we?ve had a good open, cordial dialogue with the Suns," said Walters. "Like Dirk Nowitzki and Paul Pierce, we?re exercising the opt out and we?ll see what presents itself for Amar?e on the market.?
Jun 30, 2010 7:46 AM EDT
If the Suns are interested in making Charles Barkley their new general manager, the former forward is willing to listen.
"I don't think it's a good job right now," Barkley said. "But I would listen to the Suns because I love Phoenix. I would listen to Robert (Sarver) out of respect for working in Phoenix. But I'll be honest: I would not re-sign Amar'e Stoudemire."
The Suns are looking for a new GM after Steve Kerr spent three seasons with the team.
"I look at it differently," Barkley said. "I want that challenge (of being a general manager). Steve (Kerr) takes everything personally. I've been a star before. Steve has never really been a star. And the one thing you learn as a star is, you can't take everything personally.
"Listen, if you win, they love you. If you don't, they criticize you. It's not right or wrong. It's just how it goes. I think Steve took it personally."
Jun 30, 2010 7:42 AM EDT
The Suns would like to keep Channing Frye and he would like to return, but free agency may end their relationship.
Frye says he'll be patient and allow the free agent market to establish his value.
"I just have to sit and wait," Frye said. "It's a matter of being patient and looking at all the options. I'll let the market set my value. I have no idea about what it is.
"Phoenix always is going to have a slight edge, because that's what I know and where I've been successful. But I have to see what else is out there."
Frye increased his value this past season and opted out of the player option he held for 2010-11 at $2.1 million
"I'm not trying to break anybody's bank," Frye said. "I want the market to set the line and let me go from there. Wherever I go, I want to set my feet and make sure I'm part of the future. I don't want to be a two-years-and-out guy. I want to be there three, four, five years."
Jun 29, 2010 10:20 AM EDT
Amar'e Stoudemire's agent will have "further conversations" with the Suns prior to the start of free agency.
Most likely, the Suns' only hope of keeping Stoudemire is to make him a maximum-salary contract offer, which still may not be enough. Steve Kerr and David Griffin are out of the loop while owner Robert Sarver and Alvin Gentry handle the meeting with Stoudemire in Los Angeles.
Jun 29, 2010 7:31 AM EDT
Suns owner Robert Sarver has begun the interview process for a new general manager.
Sarver wouldn't comment on reports that he met with Spurs assistant general manager Dennis Lindsey on Monday. San Antonio has confirmed that Phoenix was given permission to talk with Lindsey.
The Suns are looking to replace Steve Kerr, who decided to leave after three seasons as the team's general manager.
Phoenix assistant general manager David Griffin is also stepping down after 13 years with the team.
Jun 29, 2010 1:35 AM EDT
Steve Kerr has agreed to rejoin TNT as a game analyst and will begin work starting with the 2010-11 season.
Kerr spent four seasons calling games for TNT before taking the Phoenix job in 2007.
"Part of this is living a normal lifestyle again," Kerr said in a phone interview. "I've got family situations I want to be a part of and can stay in the game and be a part of things. I still get to enjoy the game itself but also be in a better position."
Jun 29, 2010 12:56 AM EDT
Robert Sarver is so far uninterested in agreeing to a sign-and-trade involving Amare Stoudemire.
The Orlando Magic, Portland Trail Blazers, Dallas Mavericks and San Antonio Spurs could be possibilities in sign-and-trade scenarios for Stoudemire.
?They would have to really love the players coming back in a sign-and-trade,? one source familiar with Sarver?s thinking told Yahoo! Sports. ?Their plan has been [using] a big trade exception or particular players that make much less.?
Jun 29, 2010 12:54 AM EDT
If the Suns are unable to retain Amare Stoudemire, Phoenix owner Robert Sarver will make a run at David Lee.
Lee could command a five-year contract worth around $60 million.
If the Suns do sign Lee, it would likely come at the expense of renouncing Channing Frye.
Jun 28, 2010 4:36 PM EDT
The Suns will meet with forward Amar'e Stoudemire on Tuesday in Los Angeles, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports.
Phoenix owner Robert Sarver and coach Alvin Gentry will make their final pitch to the soon-to-be free agent.
It's been reported that the Suns aren't willing to give Stoudemire a maximum contract, which could drive him to leave for another team.
Jun 27, 2010 7:08 PM EDT
Villanova guard Scottie Reynolds is expected to join the summer league team of the Suns.
Reynolds became the first undrafted All-American since the 1976 NBA-ABA merger when he wasn't selected on Thursday night.
He averaged 18.2 points and 3.3 assists as a senior, but his size and point guard skills hurt his stock.
"It's fantastic," said Suns Director of Player Personnel Todd Quinter. "He had a great chance of going in the draft. We were really fortunate he wanted to play for our summer team.
"He plays with a lot of heart. He might not be a traditional point guard but he's a scorer and can distribute. He can be really good at our pace. He wants to be in the NBA badly."
Phoenix Suns Archives
The Suns don't currently own a first-round pick.
Dennis Lindsey, Danny Ainge, Kiki Vandeweghe and Tom Penn are candidates to become Phoenix's next GM.
Amare Stoudemire is unlikely to receive a maximum contract offer from the Suns.
Alvin Gentry will earn $1.95 million next season.
Steve Kerr and David Griffin will not be members of the Phoenix front office beyond June 30th.
David Griffin elected not to pursue Phoenix's GM position.
Jun 17, 2010 | Miami Herald
Amar'e Stoudemire had tests on his knees in Miami recently as he inches closer to free agency.
Steve Kerr's exit as general manager of the Suns was largely due to financial reasons.
Jun 15, 2010 | Press Release
Steve Kerr will return to broadcasting after a three-year tenure with the Suns.
Steve Kerr will not return as president of basketball operations and general manager of the Phoenix Suns.
Steve Kerr met with Amar'e Stoudemire's agent to discuss a potential contract extension.
There is 'no chance' Amare Stoudemire won't have a multi-year contract beginning in 10-11.
Jun 08, 2010 | Press Release
Grant Hill has exercised the one-year player option on his contract and will return to Phoenix for the 2010-11 season.
Steve Nash will cover the World Cup in South Africa for CBS.
Contract extension with Amare Stoudemire's agent, Happy Walters, are scheduled to resume later this week.
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