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Stoudemire on Wiz Rumors: "I Love D.C."

I love D.C. (By Aaron Josefczyk - Reuters)

Wizards fans, as fans are wont to do, have created all sort of scenarios that result in their team acquiring Amare Stoudemire, Chris Bosh, and seven future first-round picks for the rights to Mike James and Gilbert's collection of signed jerseys. Beat writer Michael Lee has, repeatedly, doused those dreams with cold Vitamin Water, as he did here:

There is a lot of chatter here and elsewhere about the Wizards trading their top five pick to acquire an established all-star veteran like Stoudemire and/or Bosh. That is not happening. The Wizards would have to surrender the pick and at least one of their three all-stars in any package for a player of that caliber (expiring contracts are not going to cut it). And that still might not be enough.
Still, fans can dream, and so when the Suns' big man was on with the Junkies this morning during a visit to D.C., they asked him about the rumors (specifically proposing Antawn Jamison and the No. 5 pick for Amare).

"Um, I love D.C., quote, end quote," he said, eliciting oohs and ahhs and a follow-up question about how he sounded interested by this prospect. His answer?

"I love D.C, quote, end quote," he repeated. (Listen here)

"I'm going into my eighth year in the NBA, and it's time for a championship," he said moments later. Joking aside, he was asked how far away the Wiz were from contending for one of them trophy things.

"You might just be a No. 1 jersey away," he said. Well, that ought to calm down those fans and their wacky dreams. (Listen here)

By the time you remember the New York Daily News report that the Wiz "would strongly considering adding [Stephon] Marbury to the roster if there is a vacancy," we're just a few months away from having a veritable all-star team in D.C. Heck, Bosh, you're still invited too.

(That last bit via Bullets Forever.)

(Oh yeah, Ty Lawson wants in on D.C. too. Sorry, boys, the inn is getting pretty full.)

By Dan Steinberg  |  May 29, 2009; 12:14 PM ET
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there's no season like the off-season for DC sports.. ;)

Posted by: 3tripleiii | May 29, 2009 12:45 PM | Report abuse

i dont by everyone saying we have to give up jamison to get amare. Others have said SUns want dump cap and would take expiring contracts. Things are early but i believe Ernie doesnt want give up Jamison and would try give up one of there great young talent blatche has big potential or Mcgee
He out of anyone would make something work

AMare for 5th rounder etan blatche maybe future draft pick

i envision arenas bulter jamison amare haywood
and rumors are rumors

Posted by: cjdwolfpack | May 29, 2009 1:13 PM | Report abuse

The pick should be all we give.
I rather have Bosh not sure about Amare knees.
Until they show a commitment to improving the team I won't spend money to see them.

Posted by: shamken | May 29, 2009 3:20 PM | Report abuse

Man, adding Stoudemire, Bosh, Lawson and Rubio would be great.

Posted by: daysleeper1983 | May 29, 2009 3:34 PM | Report abuse

I'm not so sure the 1st round pick, the 2nd round pick (which is basically like another late 1st round pick), Jamison, and Blatche/Young, wouldn't get you a Bosh or Stoudamire. MAYBE toss in next year's number one as well.

Posted by: Barno1 | May 29, 2009 8:06 PM | Report abuse

So now Ty Lawson wants to stay in the area?? Where was that when he was going to college?? Show some love sheesh.

Posted by: Pbonds | May 30, 2009 2:28 AM | Report abuse

Keep the pick, Etan, Mike James, (unfortunately) DeShawn, and a future pick for Amare. Amare is in the final year of his contract and there is no guarantee he will resign with the Suns after this season. Surely they don't want to loose him without compensation. In short, I disagree that we have to part with a major piece to acquire Amare. If it happens, what a starting 5 and bench we would have:

Starters: Gilbert, Caron, Antawn, Amare, Haywood.

Bench: Javaris, Young, McGuire, Blatche, and McGee. Songalia, Pesh, and the 2nd rounder round it out.

Ernie, get on the phone! Make the call, trade the pick…a lottery pick for an albeit all star, but damaged all star in Amare. Keep in mind he has a bad eye and is still rehabbing. ERNIE…Flip, make the move the east belongs to DC.

Posted by: Gooddad | May 30, 2009 2:43 PM | Report abuse

One last thing, the Suns would get 2 first round picks this year, quality guys with expiring contracts in return....MAKE THE CALL ERNIE!!!

Posted by: Gooddad | May 30, 2009 2:53 PM | Report abuse

I would love for the Wizards to aquire Amare without giving up one of the big three. However, the wizards would not be able to re-sign Amare keeping the big three in tact.

Posted by: kstew44621 | May 31, 2009 10:22 AM | Report abuse

If Jamison doesn't agree to come off the bench then trade him. I would not go for Amare. He's got some health issues that we don't need. He has not played a full season for a while. Keep the pick, draft a young versatile player and let your young guys play/develop. Blatche and McGee can hold down the 4/5 spot with Song playing only the 4 and Jamison playing 3/4. Bring in Austin Daye to play 3/4 along with McGuire at the 3 only. Young and Butler can hold the 2 spot down. I like Gil and Critat the 1.

Posted by: rnbrown4 | May 31, 2009 11:00 AM | Report abuse

I would love to get Amare 4 jamison & 5th pick. he gives us a low post guy to go to at offensive end, and he's a good pick and pop guy which fits Saunders style but I do have concerns about his health, and contract situation. We don't need another young player that will take a couple years to develope. The last 4 teams in the conference finals are there because they either got lucky in the draft, they made good trades or sign good free agents. It's time 4 the wizards to start showing that they really want to win a championship instead of just being all talk.

Posted by: DC-fan | May 31, 2009 1:14 PM | Report abuse

"Man, adding Stoudemire, Bosh, Lawson and Rubio would be great.Posted by: daysleeper1983"

Why not Kobe, LeBron, Dwight Howard, and Carmelo, too?

Posted by: Samson151 | June 1, 2009 8:42 AM | Report abuse

"It's time 4 the wizards to start showing that they really want to win a championship instead of just being all talk."

In order 4 that 2 occur, there's 3 big contracts that somebody would have to have 8.

Posted by: Samson151 | June 1, 2009 8:45 AM | Report abuse

Just a bunch of teams looking to dump salary a year before the LeBron Derby.

Posted by: bs2004 | June 1, 2009 4:02 PM | Report abuse

A Detached Retina is serious business.

It's a very delicate connection. My mom had to have TEN SURGERIES IN A ROW over the course of several years after it detached. Fortunately she sees, but cannot drive.

I do not think trading for Amare would be wise. Go all out for Bosh instead!

Posted by: stevek_ffx | June 3, 2009 12:20 PM | Report abuse

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