According to Tim Kawakami of the Mercury News, the Golden State Warriors have entered the Amar’e sweepstakes. In addition, Marcus Thompson, another Warriors writer, has the Warriors possibly in the mix for Chris Bosh.
“…The Warriors want to punch some life into this season, with season-ticket renewals set to go out soon.
The fastest way to do that is to add a young big player who fills their huge need for scoring in the middle.
“They’ve gotten very active with the Stoudemire stuff,” said one NBA source, referring to the chase for the Suns’ young big man.
Apparently, the talk revved up today and the Warriors were either in direct contact with the Suns or the Warriors’ executives were telling other teams that they were.
Either way, the Warriors want in on the Stoudemire discussion, and if they don’t get him by the Feb. 19 trade deadline, most NBA sources presume that they will try to get involved with any other available young power forward/center, if they aren’t already.
That, the source cautioned, does not mean that the Suns are intrigued and it definitely doesn’t mean that the Warriors are a top candidate for Stoudemire, who can opt-out of his contract in the summer of 2010.
We just don’t know what the Suns will do or what they want…”
It’s not clear what the Warriors will offer Phoenix in a package, but two sources said that it’s likely going to start with either Andris Biedrins or Monta Ellis, but not include both, and probably could add Anthony Randolph as another piece…”
“…The Warriors put in their bid for Chris Bosh, according to a team source. Haven’t confirmed if it was just talks, or an offer was made. But unlike Phoenix, who is trying to dump salary, Toronto is looking for some ballers in return, but only if they are convinced they will lose Bosh, who can opt out after next season.
The Raptors, according to an insider, aren’t likely to move Bosh until this offseason. Though they are last in the Atlanta Division, the Raptors are one move away from competing for the eighth spot in the East. They are only 5 1/5 games behind N.J.
They’d prefer to find someone to put next to Bosh (I’ve heard they want Biedrins next to Bosh), but could end up moving him. Again, all this is just what I’m told…”
You may remember Kawakami as the logical guy who was eerily on the same page as TKB throughout the whole Al Harrington situation.
Either way it appears that the Warriors are committed to their fans and trading Amar’e to Golden State is the safe move for Steve Kerr. But in all honesty would Bosh or Amar’e stay there long term? Interestingly, Thompson notes that sources out of Toronto say that the team may wait until the summer to move Bosh.