Dallas looking to add depth to their front-court…
Former New York Knicks forward Amar’e Stoudemire is reportedly leaning towards signing with the Dallas Mavericks after he clears waivers on Wednesday.
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The Knicks completed a contract buy-out on Monday after the two camps were in discussions over the All-Star break over parting company.
It was undoubtedly a disappointing end for the 32-year-old in the Big Apple, with former teammate Carmelo Anthony conceding that it was sad to see him leave given that he played a big part in convincing him to move to New York too.
Nevertheless, while the Knicks are in rebuild mode and looking to make a big splash in free agency this summer, Stoudemire will be looking to join a championship contender for the rest of the regular season and playoffs.
Speculation has linked the likes of the Golden State Warriors and Phoenix Suns with an offer, but it appears as though the Mavericks are leading the race for now.
“Ex-Knicks forward Amar’e Stoudemire is leaning toward signing with the Dallas Mavericks at this point, per sources” ESPN’s Ian Begley reported on Twitter.
While Stoudemire isn’t going to solve all their problems, he will certainly give coach Rick Carlisle a huge boost off the bench to add depth to the roster, particularly in the weak front-court.
Tyson Chandler has been tasked with the majority of the work up top, and the current reserves aren’t enough to push Dallas over the line come the post-season against their rivals in the West.
Stoudemire will go some way to fixing that issue and it may well be a situation that appeals to him given the talent currently on that roster which is more than capable of competing.
The veteran forward is averaging 12.0 points and 6.8 rebounds per game in 36 contests so far this season.