Stoudemire holding out for five-year deal, talking to Miami and New York

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stoudemire_dunk.jpgAfter a “first date” meeting with Miami Heat president Pat Riley — no word on if he got to second base — Amare Stoudemire’s agent made one thing very clear.

“We’re not doing anything that’s not five years,” Walters said.

That is from Paul Coro at the Arizona Republic (who rocks that beat hard, by the way).

Years on the deal appears to be the hang-up with the Phoenix Suns — they have been rumored to offer four years at $80 million. So Stoudemire is checking out the field. The Heat are going after Chris Bosh first, but if that falls through Stoudemire would be right there in line (along with Carlos Boozer).

Stoudemire also will be in Los Angeles for meetings this weekend, followed by a trip to New York to talk with the Knicks on Monday.

“The Knicks wanted to meet last night,” Walters said. “We couldn’t. We were busy. We’ll meet Monday and that’s better because (Knicks President) Donnie Walsh is a big part of it and Amar’e wants to meet with him.”

Like everyone, things for Stoudemire will come more into focus once LeBron makes his decision, followed likely very quickly by Bosh. That’s when Walters will really earn his money. And there should be a lot of it.

Grizzlies fan absolutely owns kids halftime scrimmage (video)

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The Grizzlies lost for the 15th time in their last 16 games, a 25-point drubbing at home against the Heat, last night.

But it wasn’t all doom and gloom in Memphis.

This young fan – while playing in the halftime scrimmage – stopped his dribble, stepped on the ball, whipped off his youth jersey to reveal a Marc Gasol jersey, flexed, re-started his dribbled then drove for a basket.

Matt Ellentuck of SB Nation:

The Grizzlies don’t deserve this hero.

DeMarcus Cousins pushes Trevor Ariza after whistle, gets technical foul (video)

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For better or worse, DeMarcus Cousins is moody.

Just after getting dunked on by Clint Capela, Cousins showed his frustration by pushing Trevor Ariza after a whistle. The Pelicans center got his NBA-leading ninth technical foul – automatic suspension triggered at No. 16 – but I’m surprised this didn’t escalate beyond just that.

Paul George floors Jeremy Lamb with crossover, hits step-back 3-pointer over him (video)

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The Thunder suffered a rough home loss to the Hornets, but at least Oklahoma City produced a couple fun highlights.

Not only did Russell Westbrook have this powerful dunk, Paul George put the moves on Jeremy Lamb.

David West pump fakes past one Trail Blazer, posterizes another (video)

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David West is 37 years old.