The Phoenix Suns are reportedly near a deal that would send star F/C Amar'e Stoudemire to the Golden State Warriors for a package consisting of F Andris Biedrins G Stephen Curry, F Brandan Wright, and G Marco Belinelli.
This is according to a report done by the Arizona Republic, citing sources within the Phoenix Organization.
The motivation behind the trade for Phoenix is obvious relief under the NBA's luxury tax. Biedrins is set to make around $9 million this season, and Stoudemire's figure hovers near $17 million.
The trade cannot be finalized and formally announced until Jun. 30 because Biedrins is a base-year compensation player until that date.
During the Draft, Phoenix GM Steve Kerr was not shy to say Phoenix is not a "championship contender" and is in a transition phase.
Phoenix has definitely put themself in a position to find their next franchise cornerstones in the much-anticipated free agent summer of 2010.
For the Golden State Warriors, this is a great move that teams Stoudemire with F Corey Maggette and G Monta Ellis to form a prolific trio for the young rising squad. Stoudemire gives them a beastly inside presence that can rebound and score a lot of points in the paint. He is the biggest body the Warriors have had in a long time.
Update: The Warriors are unwilling to part with recent No. 7 overall pick PG Stephen Curry in any sort of package trade.
News of the trade was first reported by the Arizona Republic.
Also by SportingNews.com.