Stoudemire all about the extension

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Thumbnail image for nba_stoudemire_250.jpgWhile standing in the swirling vortex of the trade deadline, Amar’e Stoudemire was nothing but professional — said all the right things off the court, on it he kept catching Steve Nash passes and throwing them down like nothing ever happened.

So where does he go from here? A trade might be nice, but what he really wants is a contract extension. Even with the Suns.

Stoudemire said negotiating an extension with the Suns remains possible. He turned down an offer for two years beyond next season’s option year.

“Obviously, I want to have a sense of security,” he said. “We haven’t got to an agreement yet, but we’re getting there.”

Stoudemire is due $17.5 million next year and it’s his choice on the option. He has hinted he may take that option, because he realizes that in this economy he is going to take a pay cut of a few million if he plays the open market.

But then there’s that pesky little security issue. If he takes his option year, he runs the risk of being a free agent in 2011, when the new Collective Bargaining Agreement could mean a much lower max (or high end) contract. Not ideal. If he opts out of his current deal this summer he can get a multi-year deal locked in at what could be a higher rate (no way the Players Association lets the new CBA change existing contracts, no matter what the owners fantasize about).

What’s ideal for Stoudemire as an extension of his current deal. The Suns may not be offering as much as he wants right now — they may never — but if he is traded somewhere this summer an extension will likely be part of the deal for him.  

Markieff Morris flips off Suns fan (video)

Phoenix Suns' Markieff Morris reacts to a call during the second half of the team's NBA basketball game against the Golden State Warriors, Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2016, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York)
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Markieff Morris‘ frustrations last night didn’t end with his scuffle with teammate Archie Goodwin. They didn’t end with the Suns’ loss to the Warriors, either.

As Morris was leaving the court, a fan heckled him: “Markieff, you f—ing suck. I can’t wait until you’re traded.” Though Morris probably agrees with the second sentence, he flipped off the fan:

Though it’s difficult to confirm that video was from last night, it jibes with a previous report of the incident.

John Gambadoro of Arizona Sports 98.7

Morris will likely at least be fined. Considering his previous behavioral problems this season – he threw a towel at Jeff Hornacek – I wouldn’t completely rule out a suspension. But a fine seems most likely.

Dwight Howard commits ridiculously sloppy inbound violation (video)

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An embarrassing lack of focus by the Rockets? I can hardly believe it.

Late in a game against a team Houston is battling for playoff position, Dwight Howard was just careless, stepping on the baseline as he inbounded the ball. It’s a needless goof, and he’ll get plenty of deserved criticism for it.

But don’t overlook Patrick Beverley‘s frustration foul on Damian Lillard before the ensuing inbound. That was nearly as foolish and even more costly.

The sequence sparked a 7-0 run for the Trail Blazers, who seized control of the game en route to a 116-103 win.

DeAndre Jordan dunks on Marcus Smart before Smart knows what’s happening (video)

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Marcus Smart went to tag DeAndre Jordan on the pick-and-roll, and Jordan took off from so far from the basket, he was dunking on Smart before the Celtics guard could do a thing.