The Amar’e Stoudemire era is over.
The Knicks and Stoudemire reached a buyout agreement just prior to the All-Star Game that would allow the veteran big man to become a free agent. The 32-year-old forward has not been the explosive, franchise-level talent the Knicks had hoped to secure when he signed a five-year, $100 million deal during the NBA-changing summer of 2010. Terms of the buyout were not disclosed, but Amar’e will likely make the full amount of the $23.4 million he is owed this season.
What was once a big free agent signing, Stoudemire showed promise during his second season with the Knicks. The big man’s work in 2010-11 was MVP-worthy, as he racked up 25.3 points and 8.2 rebounds per game while helping lead the Knicks to their first playoff appearance in seven years. When Carmelo Anthony came on board later on in the year, Stoudemire wasn’t the same player. It came to a point where he was benched.
Teams like the Los Angeles Clippers, San Antonio Spurs and Phoenix Suns are interested in him.