Late Sunday evening, news broke that the New York Knicks agreed to a buyout with forward Amar’e Stoudemire.
Stoudemire, who was in the final season of a five-year, $99.7 million contract, intends to sign with a team in playoff contention after clearing waivers.
Several teams in the Western Conference are said to be interested in inking Amare to a new deal.
So far, the biggest contenders for Stoudemire’s services are, the Dallas Mavericks, Los Angeles Clippers, and Phoenix Suns.
Stoudemire will be officially waived Monday and would thus clear waivers Wednesday at 5 p.m., freeing him to sign with another team.
Stoudemire, was supposed to be a key building block for the Knicks alongside Carmelo Anthony. Injuries and inconsistent play hindered whatever impact he could’ve had on the team.
The 6-foot-10 Stoudemire, a six-time All-Star, has averaged 12.0 points and 6.8 rebounds in 36 games for the Knicks this season.
The team most likely to be able to bring Stoudemire in would be the Mavericks.
The Mavs can offer Stoudemire only the veteran’s minimum, and he would likely have to play a big role off the bench for the Mavs, giving rest time at power forward and center to Dirk Nowitzki and Tyson Chandler.