If I said it once, I said it a thousand times- the New York Knicks won’t be able to trade Amar’e Stoudemire. Not this year. Not even likely next year.
But that hasn’t stopped them from trying.
With Stoudemire close to making his 2012-13 season debut, Howard Beck of the New York Times reports that the Knicks have offered Stoudemire to almost every team in the NBA, but couldn’t find a taker.
Beck writes that writes that the big man could have easily been shipped elsewhere prior to the start of this season. The player once viewed as one of the team’s cornerstones was offered up to nearly every team in the league and was “available for free”, according to one rival executive.
He also adds that the Knicks wanted to send Stoudemire to Toronto in a deal for Andrea Bargnani, but that proposal was vetoed by Garden chairman James Dolan before it ever reached the Raptors. Unsurprisingly, Toronto officials told Beck that the club wouldn’t have made that deal anyway.
Before that, the Knicks tried to package Stoudemire and Tyson Chandler in a trade with the Orlando Magic for Dwight Howard.
The Knicks can’t find a taker for Stoudemire because of his diminished production, health concerns, and massive contract, which pays him $65MM through 2014/15. The deal is uninsured against a career-ending knee injury, despite the big man’s injury history.
This should come as no surprise and I would expect the Knicks to continue to shop Stoudemire, but I still have no hopes that a deal would ever get done, especially with the new CBA signed last season. No team in their right mind will take on that salary, much less the risk involved.
Sadly, despite the fact that he probably still has some good basketball left in him, the message is crystal clear to the guy who just two years ago was the main reason the Knicks became relevant once again. That message simply states that he is no longer viewed as a cornerstone of this franchise.
There is the lack of success that he has had on the court with Carmelo Anthony, going 30-36 over parts of two seasons and 1-7 in the playoffs. Advanced stats show the Knicks have been considerably worse when the two play together, than when only one plays. Then there is the outstanding 19-6 start to this season without Stoudemire.
It’s sad to say, but that speaks volumes.
It would be nice if Stoudemire found some explosiveness once again and got his value back up so that some desperate team would still take a shot on him, but I still don’t see it happening.
The best case scenario is that Stoudemire accepts his role and doesn’t disrupt chemistry, something I’m sure he will accept.
He’s not going to be traded.
But that can’t stop the Knicks from trying.
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