The New York Knicks have finally reached an agreement with Amar’e Stoudemire on a buyout.
Stoudemire should clear waivers by Wednesday and be on a new team by Thursday. Stoudemire was great in his first season with the Knicks but he could never gel with Carmelo Anthony. In his first season Stoudemire averaged 25.3 ppg, 8.2 rpg on 50% shooting.
That would be the last time he would average 20+ points. In fact that would be the last time he would start 50 games in a season.
This season he has played in 36 games and averages about 24 minutes per game. He’s averaging 12 ppg and 6.8 rpg when he’s out there. His per 36 stats are much better, 18 ppg and 10.2 rpg.
He’s a big body that still has offensive talent. He struggles on defense but he probably won’t see major minutes on his new team. He can score inside and still has a good jumper.
It is being reported that teams out West are looking to add him. The Mavericks, Spurs and Warriors are in the running for his services.
The Los Angeles Clippers could use him right now with Blake Griffin out. The Portland Trail Blazers could use a backup for LaMarcus Aldridge.
Wherever Stoudemire ends up will be an upgrade from the Knicks situation. He might not be asked to play 24 minutes a night but he will surely help any team.