Amar'e Stoudemire to Cleveland?
It's unclear whether Cleveland would give up Zydrunas Ilgauskas in such a deal; the team could otherwise get semi-retired Wally Szczerbiak to sign a partially non-guaranteed contract to make the trade work under cap rules. J.J. Hickson, Cleveland's current young starting power forward, would almost assuredly head to Phoenix -- he is, effectively, the Cavaliers' only desired young prospect. (No offense to Danny Green.)
Why would the Cavs make a move for Amar'e, riding the league's best record and a 13-game winning streak? It's all about preparing for the postseason. Cleveland was sunk by Dwight Howard last May, and while Shaq was brought in to work on that deficiency, adding an offensively talented big man like Amar'e could shift the power balance in such a match-up. In other words, by making Rashard Lewis defend Stoudemire, you put even more pressure on Howard to excel.
The other elephant here is Los Angeles, a team with three excellent big men (though one, Lamar Odom, hasn't played particularly well this year). Cleveland has beat the Lakers twice this season, but you can never be too sure, right?
I'm not sure what this deal would mean for Phoenix. Why did Steve Nash sign a contract extension, exactly? Unless Hickson is a star-in-waiting (possible, not probable) or Earl Clark is on the fast track (unlikely), the Suns will be a whole lot worse without one of the most efficient scorers in basketball history. Unless the team can trade away Jason Richardson or Leandro Barbosa, Phoenix doesn't figure to have more than $10 million in cap space this summer.