The Knicks star PF is done in New York after his contract was bought out by the team.
New York Knicks PF Amar’e Stoudemire has reportedly had his contract bought out by the team, which will make him a free agent before the playoffs begin.
Frank Isola of the New York Daily News reported that the agreement was reached late Sunday night (ironically while the Knicks other franchise player, Carmelo Anthony, was stinking up the Garden in the NBA All-Star game).
The Amar’e Stoudemire era is over in New York. The Knicks and Amar’e reached a buyout agreement tonight, sources tell the NY Daily News.
— Frank Isola (@FisolaNYDN) February 16, 2015
In his first two seasons with the Knicks after being signed to a big free agency contract in 2010, Stoudemire made the All-Star game twice. He and Carmelo Anthony helped lead the Knicks to the Playoffs in 2011, 2012 and 2013, but missed the playoffs in 2014.
Over the past three seasons, Stoudemire has struggled to make the court, starting only 68 games in the last three seasons and progressively getting lower and lower PPG averages.