According to sources, Knicks will likely grant it…
New York Knicks star Amar’e Stoudemire is reportedly pushing for a contract buy-out, as suggested prior to the All-Star break commencing.
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Stoudemire revealed to the media that he would discuss the situation with the franchise and it is understood that he has made his mind up on what he wants for his future.
“Stoudemire’s representatives are pushing for a buy-out, and the Knicks seem inclined to grant it, according to sources,” Howard Beck of Bleacher Report noted.
The 32-year-old has a salary this season of $23,410,988 and is owed $8,538,125 for the rest of the year, and so it remains to be seen how much money he wants to give up by joining another team.
The Dallas Mavericks, Golden State Warriors and Phoenix Suns have all been linked with a move, and it would perhaps suit Stoudemire given that it would give him an opportunity to push for a championship with a contender in what could be a perfect situation to join.
Stoudemire has struggled with injuries in recent years, but he could still be a skilled operator in the front-court on the right team and a return to Phoenix would undoubtedly appeal to him.
Meanwhile, the same could be said for the Knicks as they don’t appear to have Stoudemire in their plans beyond this season and they will be able to save money and open up a roster spot with his exit.
The Knicks will have around $30m in salary cap space and a first-round Draft pick in June, and it will certainly be an additional boost for team president Phil Jackson as he continues to rebuild the roster.