Thu Jun 17 08:01am EDT
An ESPN source says that Stoudemire, who will choose not to opt into a contract that would pay him around $17 million next year to stay in Arizona, isn't even considering re-signing a long-term deal at this point: "He is done," the source said. "He's gone."
The final nail in the coffin was the stepping down of general manager Steve Kerr, who Stoudemire's agent had begun conversations with. "Kerr wanted a little raise, (owner Robert) Sarver wanted him to take a pay cut," one source told ESPN. "There's no other way to spin it."
According to ESPN, a second source said Kerr also wanted more money for the coaching staff, video crew, front-office secretaries and all the other people that helped produce a trip to the conference finals.
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