Let me start by saying I do not believe that any player is untouchable. The Knicks traded Clyde and Ewing so they damn sure can trade Amare Stoudemire if they choose to. But that would be a stupid choice to make at this time. Here is why:
1. Amar'e is not done: I find nothing more disingenuous than those fans who say that Amare should be traded to a certain team where he could be a beast as that team's primary option. Why would I want that? If Amare could be a beast for the Nets or the Raptors then why the hell can't he be a beast here? Such statements ignore the obvious. If Amare could beast in an environment where he got more touches, then we should keep him and figure out how to get him the ball here. I have yet to find a single trade Amar'e from the position that he is done as a player. Amare needs a point guard to get him the ball people say as if that is some kind of indictment. Well so does Dwight Howard, Pau Gasol and 99% of the NBA players 6'10 and over! If you think he needs a point guard then demand the Knicks get him one.
2. You will not get value back: Trading a player like Amar'e with as many years and as much money as he is owed on his contract is seen as a salary dump plain and simple by GM's. Salary dumps do not bring back comparable talent, never have never will. When we dumped Zach Randolph's salary we got back Tim Thomas and Cuttino Mobley. Not exactly comparable value. It will not be any different for Amare. Gm's will line up to dump their bad contracts not fill our roster with studs and draft picks.
3. It guarantees Carmelo's exit from New York: Carmelo Anthony came here to team up with another star. He chose to leave Denver because he did not believe the Nuggets were going to be able to land another star to pair with him. Trading Amare and not getting another star back in return, puts Melo back in the same position he was in with the Nuggets. Carmelo can opt out after the 2014 season. Trade Amare don't bring another star back, or don't bring a player Carmelo wants to play with and he is gone after next season. Remember the Carmelo Rule of the new CBA, would prohibit a team from using Bird rights to extend a player traded in the season before he can opt out. That means to get the most value back for Carmelo, we would need to trade him at the conclusion of next season. So getting rid of Amare, gets rid of Carmelo. He will opt out, and by threatening to do so force the Knicks to trade him.
4. It is just more Knee Jerk reactionary thinking: You want to win a title, you identify your core and you build around it year by year. Carmelo, Amar'e and Tyson are the core. What the Knicks are trying to do is put the right pieces around them( like a point guard) for them to be successful. That takes time which requires patience.
5. Creating trade proposals is a waste of time: Glen Grunwald is the GM and he has already made it clear that he intends to keep the core of this team together over several seasons and that the changes that will be made is in the area of the supporting cast around them.
Well I know none of this will matter to some folks, so have fun the trade machine is waiting.