The New York Knicks have had an albatross of a contract hanging over their heads ever since the day came that they signed the injury-prone Amar’e Stoudemire to a five-year contract worth $99.7 million. Stoudemire’s first season in New York went well enough, but the center has not played in more than 65 games since the 2010-2011 NBA season. His numbers, skills and minutes played continue to diminish, but the former All-Star is still contributing some decent minutes for the Knicks, often in a reserve role. Being in the last year of his contract with New York, even Stoudemire does not exactly know how much he has left. That is why he will take the upcoming NBA All-Star break to determine whether or not he will ask the Knicks for a buyout. If he does, expect the Dallas Mavericks to look to sign Stoudemire to add some depth to their frontcourt as they gear up for another playoff run.
The Mavs are set up front with Dirk Nowitzki and Tyson Chandler, but they have very little after those two stars. Dallas traded away Brandan Wright and Jae Crowder to acquire Rajon Rondo from the Boston Celtics.
The Mavericks are also exploring the possibility of signing another former All-Star, provided they can convince Jermaine O’Neal to end his retirement. Ideally, the Mavs would like to sign both O’Neal and Stoudemire. They will just have a few obstacles standing in their way, such as O’Neal coming back and Stoudemire both asking and receiving a buyout from the Knicks, as well as then deciding to sign with Dallas.
Stoudemire has professed his loyalty to James Dolan and the Knicks. He said he will take a week or so to decide if he even wants to ask for a buyout. But, he has also said that being part of a losing franchise has made it difficult for him to remain motivated.
The Knicks, for those who have not been paying attention, stand at 10-40 this season.