Trade Amar'e?

Amar'e Stoudemire's play has been one of the biggest surprises of the first half for the Knicks.

No one knew exactly what to expect from the $100 million forward when he made his season debut on Jan. 1.

Would he fit into the offense? Would he still have any spring in his step? Would he accept his role off the bench?

A little more than six weeks into it, things have worked out pretty well for both Stoudemire and New York.

Stoudemire’s averaging 13.6 points per game on 56 percent shooting to go along with 4.8 rebounds in 22.8 minutes.

What’s gone largely unsaid, of course, is that Stoudemire’s strong play has also increased his trade value.

ESPN Insider Kevin Pelton says it's unlikely that Stoudemire maintains the pace he’s established thus far, so the Knicks would be wise to “sell high” and move him before the Feb. 21 trade deadline.

Writes Pelton: “Maybe Stoudemire is a different player after spending time last summer refining his moves with the legendary Hakeem Olajuwon. But even if New York is confident that the past month and a half represents a level of play a healthy Stoudemire can maintain, the risk of injury is still a strong argument for moving him while his value is as high as it has been since the start of the 2011-12 season.”

Actually finding a team to take on Stoudemire’s remaining contract, which is uninsured, is another issue of course. Pelton points that out as well. Still, Pelton presents a strong argument in favor of the Knicks shopping Stoudemire hard before next Thursday.

Hurdles aside, if you’re Glen Grunwald, do you shop Stoudemire hard to other teams prior to the deadline?

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