Updated: February 17, 2010, 1:53 PM ET

1. Roundtable: Let's Talk Trades

ESPN.com's J.A. Adande and NBA analysts Tim Legler and Jalen Rose answer five questions as the trade deadline rapidly approaches. You can answer these questions at SporstNation, too.

1. Should the Suns trade Amare Stoudemire?

Adande: Yes. He wants out, they need to reset.

Legler: Yes, because the way that team is currently constructed, they're not going to contend for a championship anytime soon.

Rose: Yes, because they've already determined that they didn't want to pay him.


2. Who should the Cavaliers pursue: Amare or Antawn?

Adande: Amare, because this isn't just about now, it's about keeping LeBron James around in the future; Amare's 27, Antawn is 33.

Legler: Antawn, because I worry about the effects of how bad the Cavaliers can become defensively up front at times with Amare and Shaq together.

Rose: Amare, because Antawn has too many years and too much money left on his contract.


3. Should the Knicks give up Jordan Hill and future first-round picks to get Tracy McGrady from Houston and clear cap space?

Adande: The Knicks should give up as much as Houston will accept for McGrady and the max cap space. If this is their only strategy, might as well go all-out.

Legler: Absolutely, that's a no-brainer. Jordan Hill doesn't figure in their plans in any way, shape or form, and the only way to turn their cap space around is to pursue a big-name free agent.

Rose: Not only should they do it, they should do it right now. No-brainer.


4. Should the Celtics trade Ray Allen?

Adande: Yes, if it's not going to happen they might as well start adjusting now instead of waiting too long.

Legler: No, the Celtics rely on chemistry as much as anything to win games and Allen fits in perfectly with what they do, and he's become one of the best big-shot makers in the league.

Rose: No, at this point in the season, chemistry with a veteran-laden team is hard to manage, and his style of play fits in with the skill sets of the other players. Also, they won a championship together.


5. Should the Lakers trade for Kirk Hinrich?

Adande: No, taking on another $17 million in the next two years is too much for a guy shooting 38 percent.

Legler: No, Kirk Hinrich is too young to be regressing the way he is. That's a red flag, and they've found the guard production off the bench that they need.

Rose: No way, they already have the highest payroll in the NBA.

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2. Amare: High Risk, High Reward

By Kevin Arnovitz
ESPN.com
Amare
Amare

What's Amare Stoudemire been up to lately? I was able to catch his performance against Sacramento a couple of weeks back. Stoudemire put up a line of 30 points and nine rebounds against the Kings. That's the good news. But he was also the primary culprit in giving up a 31-point, 7-rebound performance to Donte Greene, who was playing power forward for the Kings in Jason Thompson's absence.

The game offered viewers the full breadth of Stoudemire's game, its best and worst qualities -- the explosiveness and the disinterest, the silky midrange jumper and the troubling tendency to get beaten to the ball beneath the glass. Stoudemire is a confounding -- but spectacular -- talent.

To read the entire Arnovitz blog entry, click here

3. Daily Dime Live Recap

ESPN.com writers and TrueHoop Network bloggers chatted with fans and gave their in-game opinions throughout Tuesday's games -- all in Daily Dime Live.

4. Camby's Open Door

By Henry Abbott
TrueHoop
Camby
Camby

Mike Dunleavy, the onetime Clippers coach, recently lost his job. Luckily, he had a spare: general manager.

And in that role, he is being judged for trading arguably his best player -- Marcus Camby -- for a backup point guard in Steve Blake, and a small forward coming off a major injury in Travis Outlaw.

The Clippers' end of the trade has been praised as a solid and affordable way to get younger and more skilled; it has also been condemned as a cheap way to drum up some cash while dooming the season.

Dunleavy was a guest on the Fox Sports West broadcast of the Blazers vs. Clippers, and used the airtime to intimate that it's conceivable he just pulled off an amazingly lopsided trade -- because Camby could return to the Clippers as a free agent this summer.

To read the entire Abbott blog entry, click here

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