Stoudemire expected to make decision over All-Star break…
The Golden State Warriors are reportedly interested in acquiring New York Knicks star Amar’e Stoudemire provided that he is bought out of his contract first.
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Stoudemire is currently in the final year of his deal with the Knicks which is worth more than $23m, but both he and the franchise have spoken about the possibility of a contract buy-out in order to allow him to move on.
Both parties will consider the option over the All-Star break, and if it should go ahead then the veteran would undoubtedly be of interest to several teams looking for an upgrade ahead of a championship push in the post-season.
The Dallas Mavericks have already been linked with a move, but the Warriors could also now join the race and it is difficult to argue against them being the favourites to land him.
“I mentioned that the Warriors would definitely have some interest in Knicks PF Amar’e Stoudemire if he is bought out by New York in the next few weeks,” Tim Kawakami of the Mercury News reported.
“Stoudemire starred under Alvin Gentry in Phoenix… when Kerr was the GM there… and I think both men might be able to see a back-up 4/5 role for Stoudemire with the Warriors if he was interested in coming for a playoff sprint.”
While it is still a long way from certain that Stoudemire will be available in the coming weeks, his previous relationships with the Warriors coaching staff will certainly be a factor in his thinking moving forward.
From the Golden State perspective, he would give them post presence with an ability to get to the rim and have scoring skill to finish, something that they lack currently.
If he has a defined role available to him where he would be making a significant impact with the reward of a championship at the end of it, it is difficult to see how he would turn that opportunity down aside from financial reasons.