After weeks of trade discussions, the Suns decided the one player they could not do without was Amare Stoudemire.

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It is a gamble. All-Star starter Stoudemire can opt out of the final year of his contract worth $17.7 million next season, and the Suns will have nothing but a little extra money to spend next summer.
Still, general manager Steve Kerr said he considered standing pat at Thursday's NBA trade deadline was the best option for a Suns team that has a three-game lead on a Western Conference playoff spot with 27 games remaining.

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Posted: 2/18/10 9:25PM ET