Stoudemire not ready to commit to Suns

Amar'e Stoudemire is expected to opt out of his contract and become a free agent

PHOENIX – Even if the Phoenix Suns offer Amar'e Stoudemire(notes) a maximum contract, the All-Star forward isn't sure he'll re-sign with the team.

Stoudemire is expected to opt out of his contract this summer and join a heralded free-agent market that includes LeBron James(notes), Dwyane Wade(notes), Chris Bosh(notes), Joe Johnson(notes) and possibly Dirk Nowitzki(notes). But even with the Suns having exceeded expectations by reaching the Western Conference finals, Stoudemire isn't ready to commit to them.

"I'm not sure only because I want to win a championship," Stoudemire told Yahoo! Sports. "You got to win. You got to win. That's all. That's the ultimate goal, to win. Cash is one thing, but winning is the ultimate goal."

After a successful season, the Suns find themselves trailing the Los Angeles Lakers 2-0 in the West finals. Stoudemire said whether the Suns get past the Lakers won't factor into his decision, but he acknowledged all the trade speculation from the past two seasons still bothers him.

After he becomes a free agent, Stoudemire could try to hook up with either James or Wade, whose Miami Heat discussed trying to trade for Stoudemire in February and could try to sign him this summer.

"I haven't spoken to them," Stoudemire said of James and Wade. "Normally, I wait till the season is over."

Stoudemire's pending free agency was nearly as big a topic Saturday as his inconsistent play in this series. Stoudemire has averaged only 4.5 rebounds in the two games, about half of his average in the regular season. He also brought more pressure on himself after calling Lamar Odom's(notes) Game 1 performance "lucky."

"There has been total focus from my standpoint," Stoudemire said. "I'm practicing totally tuned in, trying to figure it out watching film. We're studying these guys seeing what we can do better to beat therm."

While Stoudemire patiently answered several questions about his pending free agency Saturday, he maintained his biggest concern is turning around the series against the Lakers.

"Right now we are trying to win a championship," Stoudemire said. "Once we're said and done, we will figure out the proper move to make."

So, has Stoudemire's free agency become a distraction?

"You play, you get through this series and you see what's going to happen," Suns coach Alvin Gentry said. "Why would we talk about free agency now? It's a non-issue unless you're not playing. If LeBron wants to talk about it right now, fine. But LeBron's not playing right now.

"The focus has to be on doing everything we can to win this series. … This is what we went through during the trade deadline. The focus has to be on playing, and after that we will worry about everything else."