Prices Rising For Big Men


Posted by Sekou Smith

HANG TIME HEADQUARTERS — The Phoenix Suns might not be in Amar’e Stoudemire’s future plans, but that doesn’t mean they won’t have to pay to keep their frontcourt rotation intact.

Channing Frye has already agreed to a five-year, $30 million deal — as massive upgrade from what he earned this season. Another reserve big man, Louis Amundson, appears to be the object of nearly a dozen team’s desire, such is life for an affordable and extremely productive role player of his size.

As much as this is the summer of big names like LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh, things are coming together rather beautifully for big men like Toronto’s Amir Johnson (5 years, $33 million), Milwaukee’s Drew Gooden (5 years, $30 million) and Minnesota’s Darko Milicic (4 years, $20 million).

It’s good to be tall this summer!


  1. jwill says:

    Stats can be deceiving sometimes, David Lee Is a very good player, but he is no Amare Stoudemire. Head to head
    Amare eats David alive and anybody with real NBA knowledge knows this.

  2. sunsfan says:

    Here’s the comaprison:

    Amare Stoudemire David Lee
    Age 27yrs 7months 27yrs 2months
    Position PF PF
    Avg. Points 23.0 20.2
    Avg. Rebounds 8.9 11.7
    Avg. Assists 1.0 3.6
    Avg. FG% 0.557 0.545
    Contract demanded/yr $21 million $12 million

    Suns management please compare these stats before shelling out the money Amare is demanding.

    • Jon says:

      Well said. It’ll be interesting to see what Amare can do without a Nash-caliber player setting him up for half of his buckets if he decides to leave.

  3. sunsfan says:

    I hope suns sign Lou Amundson. He and Dudley played the best defense last season and you notice that suns came back from huge deficits in the playoffs due to the terrific defense of this duo. Even lakers couldn’t handle when both Dudley and Lou were in the game defending the post. No wonder other teams are asking for Lou because they watched his terrific defense. Yes players who play defense don’t have that reflected on their stats but I’ll stick with Lou if I were suns management. The recent suns draft picks are unproven in the NBA but Lou has proven his defensive capability. Phoenix doesn’t need more shooters, they lost to Lakers due to poor defense. Lakers were scoring 120+ points against the suns but when they met the celtics, after a game 1 victory of 102 points, Pierce said it was unlike the defensive-minded celtics to let a team get over 100 points and promised it wouldn’t happen again and for the next 6 games lakers who were rolling with 120 points against the suns couldn’t get past 95 points against the celtics. Suns should be emphasizing defense more if they want to win championship, they already have great offensive firepower. As for Amare’s case, I think it’s money issue. Amare who averaged 23points and 8.9 rebounds in regular season (22.2points and 6.6 rebounds in playoffs) wants $21million a year (for 6yrs) while David Lee who averaged 20.2points and 11.7 rebounds in regular season wants 12million a year. Oh not to mention that Lee averaged 3.6 assists in regular season while Amare averaged 1.0 assists. They’re both power forwards, same age. Suns management, let your brain go to work. Enough said.