Amar’e Stoudemire left the New York Knicks on good terms in 2015, and now he’s open to return as a free agent.Amar’e Stoudemire is open to returning to the New York Knicks. Upon first reading that sentence it probably brought on a laugh. What motivation would either side have for that reunion?
Stoudemire did an interview with Marc J. Spears of The Undefeated, saying he can help his old team.
I think New York is a team that needs a [center] or another big. If they want to bring me back, that would be a nice opportunity for me.
Stoudemire averaged the lowest minutes (14.7), points (5.8), and rebounds (4.3) totals of his career during the 2015-16 season. His time with the Miami Heat was definitely a bust.
It’s amazing that he’s just 33 years old.
With all that said, his old team may still explore the option. I mean, how many players actually want to play for the Knicks?
They have roughly $15 million in cap room remaining — after signing Joakim Noah — to shore up their backcourt. With all the money being thrown around, the Knicks won’t have much left to work when their done. If they feel they can’t find any options better than Stoudemire with limited funds, they may explore signing him with the vet-minimum. If he’s willing.
It’s a long shot. Like a huge long shot, but there won’t be many teams beating down Stoudemire’s door this summer.