Ummm...are you guys talking about the same Amare I'm thinking of?
- The one who missed x amount of games a few years back with a detatched retina?
- The one who missed half of last season due to injury?
- The one who missed a key playoff game because he punched a fire extinguisher and busted his hand?
- The one who is currently out for te Knicks due to injury?
Don't get me wrong, if you could somehow look into the crystal ball and be assured that Amare would be healthy for the rest of his contract, then my intrest in him would be through the roof. He's a potential 20-10 guy who's extremely athletic and can carry a team offensively.
We also don't have any Carmello-style ball hogs on our team, and he'd probably fit in very well with team oriented veterans like Rondo, Pierce, Bass and KG. He'd give us a legitimate go-to guy as Pierce and KG wind down their careers.
Plus playing with Rondo he'd be an absolute monster - just imagine the pick and roll game between those two, along with the lobs...plus Amare likes to run the floor as well. There may not be a single big man in the league who would be better suited to playing with Rondo.
BUT the problem is that if we did get him, we'd probably be lucky to get 40 games per season out of him, and the longer he spends in rehab the more his trade value drops...which is not a good thing on a $65 million man.
My god we would be good though...
C - KG
PF - Amare
SF - Pierce
SG - Bradley
PG - Rondo
That's an undisputed contender right there.
Downside is that Pierce probably only has two seasons left in him, and we need a backup SF who is not only good enough to back up Pierce, but also good enough to take his place in the starting lineup once he moves on. Green fills that role perfectly, so we really need to hold on to him...yet we'd probably need his contact going out in order to make the deal happen.
I think getting Amare would make Green a far better player too. First of all it allows Green to move permanently over to his preferred SF spot. More importantly though Green seems to play his best when he is relaxed and doesn't have the weight of the world on his shoulders.
If this happened Amare and Rajon become our two key offensive players (i.e. our Westbrook and Durant) while Green can comfortably play behind those guys in a James Harden type role as our 3rd offensive option. This removes the pressure of Jeff needing to be the "successor to Paul Pierce" and instead allows him to just be himself - all we'd need from him is a solid 14-16 points each night.
NY may not be exceptionally picky about what talent they get in return - since they are actually BETTER without Amare on the court, technically getting rid of him and his contract is a major upgrade for them. I think they'd probably be willing to accept just about any trade that matches on dollars, even if they only get one or two players with actual talent.