Is Steve Nash done in Phoenix?

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Staff Writer: Ryan Ward

Throughout the history of the NBA, there have been a lot of great point guards that have come and gone in this league and redefined the position of floor general in the process.

There are some point guards in NBA history that stick out amongst the rest like John Stockton of the Utah Jazz, Bob Cousy of the Boston Celtics and most notably Magic Johnson of the Los Angeles Lakers. All three of these point guards dominated the game during their era and brought a new twist to the point guard position.

In my opinion, Magic Johnson was the one that’s had the lasting impression as he was a 6’ 9” point guard that can do literally anything on the floor and played any position if need be. Not only was Magic extremely versatile and virtually unguardable at times, but he is also a Hall of Famer and a five-time NBA champion which leaves him with one of the most impressive resumes of any point guard in NBA history.

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These days in the NBA we have seen a resurgence of great point guards at the position with some extremely talented young players coming into the league and dominating the backcourt. Amongst the best in the league right now is Deron Williams of the Utah Jazz, Chris Paul of the New Orleans Hornets, Rajon Rondo of the Boston Celtics and Steve Nash of the Phoenix Suns.

Deron Williams, Chris Paul and Rajon Rondo have quite a few years ahead of them and the potential to be amongst the best at their position when it is all said and done, but the one player in the league at point guard who has redefined the point guard position in this era of basketball is Steve Nash.

With two NBA MVP awards and the consensus around the league as being the best point guard in the NBA over the past decade or so, Steve Nash has shown that point guard can dominated in this league once again and has inspired the young point guards of today to do the same.

Even though the point guards of today look more like scorers and then passers or have a great combination of the two skills, Steve Nash had the unique ability to do whatever is and his team needed him to do at any given moment. If the Phoenix Suns needed him to score 30+ points, Nash would get it done. If it’s the team required him to dish out 15+ assists, Nash was up to the task.

Unfortunately, like many great players before him, an NBA title has eluded this great point guard as he has been able to lead his team to the NBA Finals throughout his Hall of fame caliber career in the NBA.

Despite some people saying he’s on the downside of his career or near the end of
his career in the NBA, Steve Nash has been able to lead his team all the way to the Western Conference Finals this season, but have an enormous hill to climb against the defending NBA champion Los Angeles Lakers.

As of right now, things are not looking very good as the Phoenix Suns are simply outmatched and are basically on the verge of being eliminated, but one has to think that if the Phoenix Suns do get knocked out, will Steve Nash decide to call it quits.

Personally, unless Steve Nash goes to another team in more limited role, I really can’t see him winning an NBA title from here on out. The Phoenix Suns are a great basketball team with an ability to put up 120+ points on any given night and just run opposing teams out of the building, but their lack of defensive intensity and inability to play in the half court offense or a slower pace is their downfall.

It is uncertain what the future will hold for Steve Nash, one thing is for sure, the sand is quickly falling out of the hourglass in his career will come to an end sooner rather than later.

Western Conference Finals Preview: Phoenix Suns vs. LA Lakers

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Staff Writer: Ryan Ward

There are only four teams left standing in the NBA playoffs and all four of these teams have their eyes set solely on the NBA finals and an NBA title.

The Eastern Conference finals might have the most intriguing matchup with the offensive minded Orlando Magic going up against the defensive beast in the Boston Celtics, but the Phoenix Suns and the Los Angeles Lakers have a lot of history over the past few years in the playoffs and will almost certainly be an all-out battle to see you can advance to the NBA Finals.

Obviously, coming into this series the defending NBA champion Los Angeles Lakers are favored to come out on top, but the Suns have that run and gun offense and arguably one of the best point guards in the league in Steve Nash who could cause many problems for Kobe Bryant and company during the West finals.

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The one position that the Los Angeles Lakers have had trouble guarding all season long and throughout these playoffs has been in the backcourt at point guard. In the first round of the playoffs, Russell Westbrook of the Oklahoma City Thunder drove the Lakers crazy as he just drove to the basket at will and was able to make plays throughout that series. Fortunately, the Lakers were still able to advance as they came on strong late in the series, but Westbrook did leave an impression and showed that the Lakers have a weakness in the backcourt.

Problems continued in the second round of the playoffs for the Lakers, even though they swept the Utah Jazz 4-0, with Deron Williams basically doing the same thing that Russell Westbrook did in the first round. Obviously, Williams wasn’t able to impose his will as much as Westbrook was and the Lakers moved on with relative ease, but Derrick Fisher, Jordan Farmar and Shannon Brown have struggled against good point guards and will have their work cut out for them in Steve Nash in the Western Conference finals.

Ultimately, I really can’t see the Phoenix Suns competing with the Lakers length and size inside the paint as Andrew Bynum, Lamar Odom and most notably Pau Gasol will be just too much for them handle. Along with those three dominant big men in the paint, Kobe Bryant will also be a handful for the Suns as he is starting to come back to form and is looking more and more healthy with every passing game.

This series could go the distance and last seven games, but in my opinion it will be over in six the Lakers advancing to the third straight NBA finals competing for the second consecutive NBA title.

No matter what does happen in this series though, even if Steve Nash and company to give the defending champs run for their money, I believe nothing will stop Kobe Bryant’s charge for a fifth NBA title is no team left in the playoffs can compete with this team who are one as resilient as any team in the league.

Series Prediction: Los Angeles Lakers 4-2

NBA Playoff Preview: San Antonio Spurs vs. Phoenix Suns

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Staff Writer: Ryan Ward

In the first round of the playoffs, both the San Antonio Spurs and the Phoenix Suns came into their series with a boat load of confidence and their sights set on advancing to the next round.

Despite many people believing that the Dallas Mavericks were the one team in the Western Conference that could give the defending NBA champion Los Angeles Lakers a run for their money, the Spurs showed why they have been such a dominant and resilient team over the years by sending Mark Cuban’s squad packing much earlier than anticipated.

This season has been somewhat of a disappointment for the San Antonio Spurs as they had high hopes of competing with the likes of the Dallas Mavericks, Denver Nuggets and the defending NBA champion Los Angeles Lakers, but just couldn’t stay healthy throughout the regular season.

This past offseason, the Spurs made a trade to try and counter all the moves made by the best teams in the league. The Los Angeles Lakers signed Ron Artest, the Cleveland Cavaliers traded for Shaq, the Boston Celtics added veteran forward Rasheed Wallace and the Orlando Magic got another dominant scorer in Vince Carter.

With all these trades and free agent signings going on throughout the league, the San
Antonio Spurs felt compelled to do something in order to be able to compete with the best teams in the league that only got better during the offseason.

It has become more and more apparent over the last couple of years that the San Antonio Spurs are not getting any younger and a time for new blood is just around the corner, but that didn’t seem like the case in the first round against the Dallas Mavericks as they were able to knockout the second seed in six games.

Now Tim Duncan and company will have another challenge ahead of them in the form of Steve Nash and the Phoenix Suns. A couple of years ago, when these two teams met in the playoffs, a lot of controversy surrounded the playoff series between these two teams as suspensions were handed out that ultimately changed the entire series.

Needless to say, the San Antonio Spurs moved on in that series and all anyone could talk about was what would have happen if the suspensions didn’t go the way they went.

Even though that is in the past, the Phoenix Suns have almost certainly not forgotten about it and will look to prove that at some point during this series.

Much like the Milwaukee Bucks and the Atlanta Hawks first round playoff series, I believe the Spurs and the Suns series will go the distance as they two teams are pretty evenly matched in my opinion.

This playoff series will be very entertaining though and definitely one for the books as neither one of these teams will back down and will be giving it everything they have as it just might the last chance for Steve Nash and Tim Duncan to contend for a title.

Series Prediction: 4-3 San Antonio Spurs

NBA Playoff Preview: Phoenix Suns vs. Portland Trail Blazers

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Staff Writer: Ryan Ward

The Phoenix Suns and the Portland Trail Blazers are two teams in the Western Conference that always seem to get into playoff contention. This season is no different as both the Blazers and the Suns are back in the playoffs square off in a first-round battle.

Over the past couple of years or so, Steve Nash and company have struggled to get back to the dominant ways as they have been restricted from playing their classic run and gun offense which gave them so much success in the past.

Fortunately, the Suns have been able to get back to their high-powered offense has worked well as a veiled compete with the best in the West which they haven’t been able to do over the two previous seasons.

Coming into this season the Phoenix Suns were thought to be a team on a serious decline as it seemed like we were witnessing the end of the Steve Nash era in the valley of the sun. Even though no one expected much of the Phoenix Suns this season, they have arguably been the surprise team in the Western Conference along with the young and upcoming Oklahoma City Thunder.

As a result of the Suns success this season, Phoenix has clinched the third seed in the Western Conference which is no easy feat competing with teams like the Dallas Mavericks, Denver Nuggets and the defending NBA champion Los Angeles Lakers.

Despite of all the competition and talk of the end of an era in Phoenix, the Suns have played extremely well this season and will be put to the test in the first round the playoffs against one of the best home teams in the NBA in the Portland Trail Blazers.

Even though clinching the sixth seed in the Western Conference was impressive to say the least for the Blazers, Portland will have an uphill battle from here on out as they will be going up against Steve Nash and company in the first round without arguably their best all around player in Brandon Roy.

Not only is trying to contain the Phoenix Suns run and gun offense a daunting task, but doing it without Brandon Roy and center Greg Oden seems like a virtual impossibility.

As it was for many teams in the league, the Portland Trail Blazers were uncertain of their seeding before the playoffs matchups were set and they still had to play with the same intensity and desire to win to improve their standing in the West.

Unfortunately, as a result of the Blazers shooting for a higher playoff seed, they lost Brandon Roy to a knee injury that required surgery and will not have him in the first round against the Phoenix Suns.

Even though the Blazers will be able to give the Suns a run for their money in the first round without Brandon Roy, I believe the injury is devastating enough to end Portland’s season as the Suns will be able to focus on LaMarcus Aldridge and unless the Blazers role players step up, they will be heading home early.

Series Prediction: 4-1 Phoenix Suns

Who is the dark horse in the Western Conference playoffs?

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Unlike the Eastern Conference, all eight teams in the Western Conference playoffs are legit and can compete with the best of the best in the NBA.

Obviously, the defending NBA champion Los Angeles Lakers are the cream of the crop and teams like the Dallas Mavericks and Utah Jazz aren’t far behind them, but there are definitely some teams in the West that are forces to be reckoned with like the Oklahoma City Thunder, Denver Nuggets and Phoenix Suns.

Personally, I don’t see any team in the West get the best of the defending NBA champs, even though they are limping into the playoffs, but there are a few teams to keep your eye on when the playoffs get underway.

In the Eastern conference, I believe there are few teams that could surprise some people like the Charlotte Bobcats and the Milwaukee Bucks, but in the West the one team to look out for more than any is the
Denver Nuggets.

At the beginning of this NBA regular season the Denver Nuggets arguably one of the hottest teams in the league as they got off to a quick start and right where they left off as one of the teams to beat in the West.

Unfortunately, despite put up one hell of a fight in the Western Conference finals last season, the Denver Nuggets went home early and the Los Angeles Lakers went on to another NBA title. This season the Nuggets looked prove that they are worthy of the title contender tag as they had the crosshairs set on the Lakers back, but in the second half of the season the nuggets have really started to struggle haven’t really been able to get back on track or to their new title contender status.

When the main reasons for their problems the second half of the season has been the absence of the future Hall of fame head coach George Karl who is battling cancer for the second time in his life.

Fortunately, the type of cancer they Karl is battling is something that he will be able to recover from and possibly recover fast enough for him to be on the sidelines for the Denver Nuggets in the second round of the playoffs if they can advance past the Utah Jazz.

Coming into their first-round matchup with the Utah Jazz the only real concern besides George Karl’s health is Kenyon Martin and whether or not his body will hold a throughout the playoffs. Martin is a big part of the Nuggets defense in arguably the backbone along with Chris “Birdman” Andersen.

If Kenyon Martin cannot stay healthy, I believe the Denver Nuggets will be in serious trouble in the defense of intensity will suffer.

The one thing that the Denver Nuggets might have going for them right now is that the Utah Jazz are also pretty banged up as they will be without possibly two key players in Andrei Kirilenko (out two weeks) and Carlos Boozer (game one game time decision) who is suffering from a strained muscle in his rib cage.

Even though the Utah Jazz will be extremely difficult to beat in a seven-game series in the first round, I believe Carmelo Anthony and company have what it takes and they will advance to the second round of the NBA playoffs.

Can the Portland Trail Blazers compete with the Phoenix Suns without Brandon Roy?

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Staff Writer: Ryan Ward

One of the most disappointing realities in professional sports today is the possibility of injuries heading into the postseason. No matter what teams do to avoid or prevent injuries, it is just something that happens and it’s inevitable and many cases.

Even though injuries are just part of the game in a matter what sport it is, some teams just seem to be cursed it comes to big name players constantly watching from the bench said if contributing on the floor.

One of those teams in the NBA is the Portland Trail Blazers as ever single-season they seem to be played with injuries that prevent them from getting to the next level in the extremely competitive Western Conference.

When the Blazers are healthy they are without a doubt a force to be reckoned with in the Western Conference as they have a talented young core of players that continue to improve with every passing season. The problem is that their best all around player and their former number one draft pick up a few years ago continue to be injury prone and out of the lineup when the team needs him the most.

About three years ago the Portland Trail Blazers have the first overall pick in the NBA draft. It was a big debate on who should go number one as they were two very talented players available in scoring machine Kevin Durant out of Texas hand the next best center in the league in Greg Oden out of Ohio State.

No matter which player you thought was better or which player you thought should have been picked first for the Blazers, everyone seemed to have a valid argument in the debate on who should have been picked first was dead even.

Ultimately, the Portland Trail Blazers decided to go with promising young center Greg Oden as they already had arguably one of the best guards in the league in Brandon Roy which most likely prevented them from taking Kevin Durant.

Three years later, Kevin Durant is arguably one of the best players in the league and has become the youngest player ever to win a scoring title in the NBA. Greg Oden on the other hand has even been able to finish a full 82 game season for the Blazers yet.

Even though it’s pretty obvious that he Portland Trail Blazers would have been a better team with Kevin Durant on the roster, they are still amongst the best teams in the Western Conference and are the sixth seed heading into the playoffs against the Phoenix Suns.

Unfortunately, the Blazers will be without both Greg Oden and Brandon Roy for the first round matchup with Steve Nash and company. This is a huge hit to say the least, the team anticipated being without Oden, but not without Roy who is arguably their best all around player biggest offensive threat at 21.5 points per game.

Without Brandon Roy in the lineup, the Blazers the Portland will be looking towards power forward LaMarcus Aldridge for leadership on the floor at points on the board. This may be the biggest deciding factor in this first round matchup between the Suns and the Blazers.

Despite not having Brandon Roy for the first round playoffs, I do believe the Blazers can compete and beat the Suns in a seven-game series, but the scales differently tilt in Phoenix’s favor as they have the experience and the firepower to overcome the Blazers youth.

What’s the key to the Thunder’s sudden resurgence?

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The Thunder will make their first playoff appearance in its young existence. Oklahoma City is currently the sixth seed in the west but are locked in a three-way battle with the Portland Trail Blazers and San Antonio Spurs. Well, it doesn’t really matter what seed they will end up in because the Thunder are young, athletic and skilled, which makes them a very dangerous first-round opponent.

Obviously, their success can be attributed by the sudden explosion of Kevin Durant. Durant went from rising star last season to an MVP candidate. He will likely win his first scoring title this season. Forward Jeff Green is averaging 15 points a ball game and Russell Westbrook is having a career year. These three young guns are a big reason why the Thunder find themselves in the playoffs.

It’s their offense that gets a lot of recognition, but its actually the Thunder’s defense which makes them dangerous. The Thunder allows only 97.6 points a game, which is good enough for 11th in the league. There’s not one individual on Oklahoma City that is a great defender. But as a team the Thunder are a cohesive, effective defensive unit.

Against the highest scoring team in the league, the Phoenix Suns, the Thunder held them to their lowest scoring output in the second half – the Suns scored only 34 points. The young Oklahoma City Thunder also held the Suns under 100 points. Two-time MVP Steve Nash and All-star Amar’e Stoudemire were forced into committing five combined turnovers.

All you need to know about what the Thunder defense did to the Suns offense is this: the Suns shot 58 percent in first and second quarters. After that, Phoenix shot only 31 percent. Durant and Green had seven steals – amazing considering they are both forwards.

This years Thunder reminds us much of last seasons Portland Trail Blazers. Exciting crowd, budding superstar in Durant (in the Blazers case Brandon Roy), and a core group of young talented guys. All of this resulted in first-round fodder.

Durant, in particular, had no turnovers on his way to scoring 35 points. It’s been a joy to watch Durant this season. There are already talks that is he the second best player in the league – yes, in front of Kobe Bryant, Dwyane Wade and Dwight Howard. This statement might be a reach considering Durant has played at this level for only one season. Plus, greatness can’t be measured during the season, it is seen where it counts – in the playoffs.

Durant and the Thunder will get the opportunity to prove exactly that as they make their first playoff appearance in history.

Possible NBA Playoff matchups in the Western Conference

Staff Writer:  Ryan Ward

With only a few weeks left in the NBA regular, the best teams in the league are gearing up for the playoffs and this year it should be as entertaining as ever as we will see some great matchups, especially in the Western Conferences!

Here is how the playoff matchups look in the West if the playoffs started today:

#1 Los Angeles Lakers vs. #8 Portland Trail Blazers

The defending NBA champion Los Angeles Lakers don’t have many weaknesses this season, but one thing they haven’t been able to do with much consistency is win at the Rose Garden against the Portland Trail Blazers.

With that being said, the Lakers would hate to face the Blazers in the first round of the playoffs because of their struggles at the Rose Garden.

As of right now, the Lakers and Blazers seem to be headed towards a first round matchup and that could spell trouble for Kobe Bryant and company.

Even though the Lakers do struggle in Portland they are the champs for a reason and they will prove it with yet another playoff series victory!

Series Prediction: 4-2 Lakers

#2 Denver Nuggets vs. #7 San Antonio Spurs

The Los Angeles Lakers are the best team in the Western Conference right now, but not far behind them are the Denver Nuggets led by scoring machine Carmelo Anthony and arguably the best floor general in the game in Chauncey Billups.

A lot of people thought that last season’s run to the Western Conference finals was a fluke and not many people gave them much of a chance of repeating their amazing run, but despite all the doubters, the Nuggets have been just as good as last season, if not better!

As of right now, the Nuggets look like they are headed to a first round matchup with the always competitive San Antonio Spurs led by four-time NBA champion forward Tim Duncan.

Even though the Spurs would have been a great matchup for the Nuggets in the past, this season Carmelo Anthony and company could quite possibly pull off the sweep as San Antonio has done nothing, but show their age this year.

Series Prediction: 4-1 Nuggets

#3 Dallas Mavericks vs. #6 Oklahoma City Thunder

The biggest surprise team in the NBA this season has been by far the play Oklahoma City Thunder who have gone from one of the worst teams in the league to one of the best in just a single season.

The main reason for the Thunder’s success this season has been Kevin Durant playing out of his mind and lighting up the scoreboards on a nightly basis while leading his team to 40+ wins this year.

Not only has Durant completely turned around the franchise this season, but he has also become a legitimate MVP candidate up there with the likes of the Cleveland Cavaliers LeBron James.

In the first round of the playoffs, the Thunder look like they will end up playing against the Dallas Mavericks who have also turned it around this season after making a blockbuster deal to bring in small forward Caron Butler.

Out of all the playoff series in the West, I believe this one will be the most competitive as the Thunder will be the underdog, but they will give Dirk Nowitzki and company a run for their money!

Series Prediction: 4-3 Mavericks

#4 Utah Jazz vs. #5 Phoenix Suns

No matter who wins this series between the Phoenix Suns and the Utah Jazz, I believe neither one of these teams have what it takes to compete with the likes of the Los Angeles Lakers or the Denver Nuggets, but even with that being said, this should be a good series between pretty evenly matched teams.

The key to this matchup will be the battle of the superstars as the Jazz Deron Williams will go up against two-time NBA MVP Steve Nash and All-Star forward/center Amare Stoudemire will face off with Utah forward Carlos Boozer.

In my opinion, the Suns will come out on top just due to the experience factor with Nash leading the way. It could very easily go the other way, but in the end I believe Nash and Amare will be too much to handle.

Series Prediction: 4-2 Suns

Can the Utah Jazz and the Phoenix Suns compete with the defending champs?

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Staff Writer:  Ryan Ward

Coming into this NBA season the defending NBA champion Los Angeles Lakers look like they had a hell of a chance of competing for another NBA title in a repeat campaign. Not only was the team relatively intact at the beginning of the season, but their only real loss was not be able to sign free-agent Trevor Ariza in the off-season who chose to sign with the Houston Rockets instead.

Even though the defending champs were unable to sign quite possibly the most promising young player, they were able to get their hands on former defensive player of the year in Ron Artest. Despite Artest getting tossed from multiple games in the playoff series between the Lakers and Rockets last season because of scuffles with Kobe Bryant, the defensive minded forward embrace the idea of being able to compete for a championship with Kobe Bryant and company signed a contract in a heartbeat.

This free-agent signing was obviously nothing but good news for the Los Angeles Lakers been very bad news for all the teams in the Western Conference thought to be a contender season. Even though Ron Artest brought a much-needed toughness and defensive intensity, he hasn’t really panned out as a blockbuster free agent signing usually does.

Even though some people think that Ron Artest is a bust and probably not the best move the Lakers have made recently, the defending champs are still a number one seed in the Western Conference and will be just that headed into the playoffs for third consecutive season.

Before the season began, the Denver Nuggets and the San Antonio Spurs were thought to be the two teams in the Western Conference that can actually give the defending NBA champion Los Angeles Lakers run for their money, but as we head to the end of the NBA regular season it seems as though two other teams in the West might be able to contend with Kobe and company much better than the Nuggets in the Spurs.

In the off-season, the Phoenix Suns made a trade which sent their starting center and former Laker great Shaquille O’Neal to the Cleveland Cavaliers for basically nothing in exchange. This move was basically a salary dump in Shaq was due a lot of money this season.

Most people believed that this move would do nothing more than destroy the Phoenix Suns chances of competing in whatever years are left and the Steve Nash era in Phoenix, but fortunately enough the franchise’s gotten back to their run and gun offense and as of right now are the number two seed in the Western Conference with a good chance of heading into the postseason just behind the Lakers.

Along with the Phoenix Suns, Jerry Sloan’s Utah Jazz have also come out of nowhere and Elton compete with the best of the best in the Western Conference. The beginning of the season the Jazz started out slow and were thought to make some major deals in the NBA trade deadline which would’ve included All-Star caliber forward Carlos Boozer.

Fortunately, the Jazz not making a move was the best move they could have made because they completely turned it around in the second half of the season and will compete with the Suns for the second seed in the Western Conference heading into the playoffs.

In the past, both of these teams have given Los Angeles Lakers trouble, but Kobe Bryant and company on another level now and in my opinion don’t have an equal in the Western Conference and should advance to the third straight NBA Finals.

Amare Stoudemire on his way to the Miami Heat?

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The NBA regular season is almost in the books and we are only months away from arguably the most talented free agent market the league has ever seen. With that being said, all the teams with money to spend this summer like the Los Angeles Clippers, New York Knicks and the Miami Heat are planning on reeling in the big fish.

Obviously no other free agent this summer will be more pursued than the Cleveland Cavaliers superstar LeBron James, but there are plenty of other big name players that will also get plenty of attention and could drastically turn around NBA franchises.

Along with Lebron JamesAlong with Lebron James, the other high-priced big-name free agents are Dwyane Wade of the Miami Heat, Chris Bosh of the Toronto Raptors and the Phoenix Suns Amare Stoudemire.

These three other NBA free agents, who will be available this summer, are just a handful of the names that will be available, but they will without a doubt be the most sought-after players.

Obviously most people expect these big name players re-sign with their current NBA franchises as their current teams will almost certainly do everything they can to keep their superstars in the same uniform.

Unfortunately, not all these big name players will sign with their current teams and will take the high road for the big money. LeBron James will be the one guy that gets the big money wherever he goes, especially with the New York Knicks, but Wade, Bosh and Stoudemire will also get paid the big bucks.

As of right now the Miami Heat by the one team that could really benefit from this summer as they have the money to sign Dwyane Wade should extension and go after a big name this summer like Amare Stoudemire.

Before the NBA trade deadline on February 18th, the Phoenix Suns are doing all they could do to trade away arguably the best player in Amare Stoudemire, but no other team around the league was offering what the team wanted and the Suns ultimately elected to keep their big men until he becomes a free agent this summer.

The main reason for the Phoenix Suns attempting to trade away Amare Stoudemire was because they didn’t have much faith in him re-signing this summer and if he doesn’t they will get nothing in return for their best player.

Obviously the Suns will have a lot more money if Amare neglects to re-sign this summer, but it will be hard to replace the All-Star forward.

The one destination looks more likely than ever for Amare Stoudemire this summer is with the Miami Heat. The heat are one or two players away from being a legitimate title contender in the Eastern conference once again, but in order to do that they are going to have to keep Wade sign a big name player like Chris Bosh or Amare Stoudemire.

Chris Bosh will most likely re-sign with the Toronto Raptors as they will be in trouble next season and for the foreseeable future if they can’t, but Stoudemire is get a lot of talk lately about the possibility Stoudemire signing with the Miami Heat.

The combination of Dwyane Wade and Amare Stoudemire could rival that of Kobe Bryant and Pau Gasol in Los Angeles, but the Heat have to first convince Wade to come back and sign for the long term.