SALT LAKE CITY, Utah -- Amar'e Stoudemire was coy in his response to a report by Yahoo! Sports that said earlier this week he sent a text message to Carmelo Anthony to dispel any misconceptions that Stoudemire didn't want Anthony in New York.
"I've got so many friends that I talk to throughout the league," he said, "but I haven't really talked to Carmelo at all."
When asked specifically if he not talked but sent a text message to Anthony, Stoudemire replied, "Yeah, no, I haven't talked to him."
He then said, "I don't know what Carmelo is doing. The situation is kind of hard for me to explain. I'm not sure what his camp is thinking, I'm not sure what his thoughts are as far as the situation goes. Hopefully he'll make the right decision for his family."
A person close to Stoudemire confirmed to Newsday that there has been communication between the players, but the source added that the two are friends, so that isn't anything out of the ordinary. Stoudemire, like all NBA players, is friends with several players on other teams throughout the league. It is common for players to text each other with congratulatory messages or words of encouragement. And, sure, maybe even a suggestion that the two team up in the near future.
Though Stoudemire's cautious replies are obviously a result of concerns about tampering, one thing we learned from last summer's free agency -- how Miami's Big Three discussed their plans and how Dwyane Wade basically was the lead salesman for the Heat -- is that the league does not have rules against players talking with other players.
Still, the Knicks are taking extra caution to keep every move in this process above board, including Stoudemire's role in the situation.