Should the Knicks trade Stoudemire?

In light of the upcoming March 15 trade deadline, ESPN New York's Ian Begley and Jared Zwerling debate whether the Knicks should field offers for Carmelo Anthony or Amare Stoudemire, given the team's recent struggles.

Here is Begley's argument for NOT trading STAT (click here for Zwerling's take on Melo):

I'm sure the Knicks will listen to offers for Amare Stoudemire as the deadline approaches. But they won't move him because they won't get an offer that makes sense. I don't see any team offering anything close to fair value in a deal solely for Stoudemire for several reasons:

1. STAT's stats aren't anywhere near where they were last season. He's averaging just 17.6 points per game on 45 percent shooting -- the lowest totals since his rookie season. And they are waaay down from what Stoudemire produced in his first season in New York (25.3 ppg on 50 percent shooting), when he was being discussed in some circles as an MVP candidate.

2. Many have pointed out that Stoudemire's explosiveness isn't the same as in previous seasons. He's had a career-high 9.5 percent of his shots blocked this season.

3. His contract is uninsured. Due to his history of knee issues (he's had microfracture surgery on one knee; arthroscopic surgery on the other), the five-year, $100 million deal Stoudemire signed with the Knicks in the summer of 2010 wasn't insured, so any team that acquires him is taking a huge risk.

4. His deal isn't very cap-friendly. Any team that acquires Stoudemire will owe him $65 million over the next three years.

Now, there have been rumors that Stoudemire could be packaged with another Knick in a potential deal (Stoudemire and Tyson Chandler for Dwight Howard is one offer). That, obviously, would change things. But a deal involving Stoudemire alone isn't going to happen.

Maybe that turns out to be a good thing for the Knicks.

Stoudemire came into the season weighing 260 pounds, but has gotten down to 246 in the past week. And a lighter Stoudemire looks like a better Stoudemire. In the Knicks' three games since the All-Star break, the nine-year vet is averaging 20 points and 10 rebounds on 50 percent shooting.

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