It has been no secret that the New York Knicks have desperately tried to trade forward Amar’e Stoudemire since the end of last season, but because of his massive contract and injury concerns, there have been no takers.
It’s also no secret how much the Knicks have struggled with Stoudemire, Carmelo Anthony and Tyson Chandler on the floor together.
Since his January 1 return, Knicks’ head coach Mike Woodson has worked Stoudemire back into the rotation off the bench, but while Woodson is trying to find a role that fits for STAT, could he be showcasing Stoudemire around the NBA for a potential deal as well?
I have been on record several times stating the Knicks will never find a taker for Stoudemire. His contract, which owes him $60 million the next three years, is just too big and his health is just too much of a concern.
There is also concern about the chemistry. The Knicks are only 3-4 since Stoudemire returned and while there are plenty of other factors that have played into the Knicks slide, is it a coincidence that the Knicks aren’t winning consistently with STAT back on the floor?
If a deal came around the Knicks would take it. There is no debating that.
They want to unload that contract and get cap relief in the process. But in order to make a deal, the Knicks will have to take on some salary as well, which isn’t ideal.
If that is the case, looking at guys such as Pau Gasol, Rudy Gay and other makes sense and upgrades the team, especially in the case of Gay, who could play the 3 and let Anthony play the 4 on a more consistent basis.
But all of that is speculation.
The problem with acquiring a star from another team is getting them to agree to take on Stoudemire and that is an extremely tough sell.
Having said that I don’t expect Stoudemire to be going anywhere anytime in the near future.
But you never know. He is unintentionally being showcased around the NBA right now. Who knows, some team may be willing to roll the dice.
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