Knicks Reach Buyout With Amare Stoudemire
The New York Knicks have been trying to find a way out of their deal with power forward Amare Stoudemire for the past couple of years. With no takers in the trade market, Phil Jackson and co. decided to just cut him loose. Per reports, the Knicks and Stoudemire officially reached a buyout agreement on Monday afternoon, giving the veteran big man his release.
Stoudemire is still subject to waivers and could be picked up be another losing team in the league, but should he clear (and he’s expected to), numerous title contending teams are expected to show serious interest.
While there is no denying Stoudemire didn’t really live up to his fat contract and no longer is an elite starting presence, he at least provides terrific depth down low and can both score and rebound at a high level. Stoudemire is far from anyone’s playoff savior at this point, but the 32-year old can still be productive in limited minutes and is very interested in latching on with a team that can win.
The Dallas Mavericks are said to be the front-runners to land Stoudemire, with teams like the Los Angeles Clippers and San Antonio Spurs close behind. Dallas has been tied to Stoudemire the longest and their need for extra size and scoring in the paint could make them the best fit, although the Clippers could use the extra scoring from the post just as badly with Blake Griffin banged up (elbow).
There have also been whispers about Stoudemire returning to his old stomping grounds in Phoenix. It’s also possible one or more teams could come out of nowhere to show interest in Stoudemire’s services.
Stoudemire probably won’t start or play more than 20 minutes on average at his next stop, while he also isn’t likely to be available on the second of back to back sets. That could keep some teams from going hard after him, but an extra big man with his scoring punch could help put a championship contender’s depth over the top.
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