NBA rumors are swirling around the web that Amar’e Stoudemire is unsatisfied with his current position at Miami Heat. Head coach Erik Spoelstra made a tough call, decided to play small forward Justise Winslow at the center position because Hassan Whiteside is out injured. Spoelstra thinks that position doesn’t fit well with Stoudamire. The belief is that the 6’10” center will be leaving the Heat via free agency this summer.
Right now, there are few people in the NBA that can play both small forward and center roles, Draymond Green of the raging Golden State Warriors is one great example. Draymond is big, 6’7” at 220 pounds, but quite effective at both positions- small forward and center role. On the other hand, Miami’s Justise Winslow is 6’7” at 225 pounds, however, Winslow is no Green and doesn’t have that type of versatility that most teams are looking for. That’s why it came as big surprise to everyone when Spoelstra used the rookie instead of Stoudamire, which reportedly been upset to have bypassed by his head coach Spoelstra.
Having lost a crucial game to Toronto Raptors, Miami was forced to look towards the summer and next season. Whiteside is now a free agent, but there’s no guarantee that Whiteside will be coming back to Miami. If Whiteside leaves the Heat, Then the center position would now be a top priority for the team, it’s the time that it starts looking for the replacement. Reports said that team president Pat Riley has been busy searching for a replacement, this means that Stoudemire is no longer viewed as a possible solution to their problem.
Basketball analysts provide some great analysis of Miami, picking Bismark Biyombo as a possible replacement. At 6’9”, Biyombo is a kind of guy that Heat might look for. The 23-year-old Biyombo is likely to handle the position because he will be available via free agency this summer. In addition, Biyombo could also be a better long term solution for the Heat than the aging 32-year-old Stoudamire.
For Stoudemire the world is still big for him, there still some options left on the table. The San Antonio Spurs is one good option for Stoudemire. The Spurs might be losing their top player this year, the legendary Tim Duncan is about to leave his team this summer.
Stoudemire might have no problem dealing with Spurs, head coach Gregg Popovich has been known in the NBA when it comes to utilizing players. San Antonio might be the number one option for Stoudemire for now if he is looking for his first NBA championship. Another potential target for Stoudemire might be the Los Angeles Clippers, which currently in great need of additional manpower. Clippers head coach Doc Rivers is concerned about his court depth, the team has lots of injuries and suspension. Stoudemire doesn’t play that much but he could play a meaningful role for the Clippers.
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