I've been out for most of the day and missed this little bit of rumor wafting over from Philadelphia. Our own njsnip was kind enough to put up a Fanpost on the subject, but I figured I'd get something up on the front page as well. According to a gentleman named John Finger(!), the Sixers have "inquired" about the availability of Amar'e Stoudemire. Quoth Finger:
According to a league source, the Sixers have inquired about Stoudemire, though it was categorized as "due diligence." Nothing is said to be imminent or even in the early stages other than just talk, the source said. Nevertheless, in past seasons the Sixers were reportedly discussing trade scenarios with the Phoenix Suns in order to acquire Stoudemire. Whether or not the Sixers can afford Stoudemire, of course, is an issue too. Stoudemire is the ninth-highest paid player in the NBA...
"Due diligence" isn't too much to get worked up about (What does that even mean? Are the Sixers like "hey, that Amar'e Stoudemire guy...y'all still got him? That's cool. Just checking."). This is just an interesting little rumor that, for once, doesn't appear to have originated in New York. Given his contract and his recent struggles, it's a bit unexpected that teams would be even remotely interested in Stoudemire and, indeed, the folks at Liberty Ballers aren't too thrilled with the prospect.
Anyway, there isn't much here, but it's always fun to get a sense for who's contacting whom over which players. It's like watching teams poke each other on Facebook.