The New York Knicks and the Brooklyn Nets are among the teams that were reportedly present at the Amar’e Stoudemire workout.
With the bulk of NBA Free Agency wrapping up, there happens to be one more recognizable name in New York floating around. It just so happens to be someone who’s trying to make a return to the NBA.
Former New York Knicks forward Amar’e Stoudemire recorded 22 points and nine rebounds in a Big 3 game on Saturday. After the game concluded, Amar’e discussed to the media about returning to the Association.
Amar'e Stoudemire talks with @ROSGO21 about his conditioning & says he hopes to be back in the NBA.
— Ballislife.com (@Ballislife) July 6, 2019
This week, Stoudemire hosted his own personal workout. Scouts from numerous NBA teams were present at the workout. Of these teams, the Knicks, Brooklyn Nets, Los Angeles Lakers and Houston Rockets attended.
Stoudemire played for the Knicks from 2010-2015 and was part of that 2012-2013 team that finished the regular season as the No. 2 seed in the Eastern Conference.
He last played in the NBA in 2016 when he was a member of the Miami Heat. Having played for four different teams (the Phoenix Suns, Knicks, Dallas Mavericks and Heat), Stoudemire averaged 18.9 points and 7.8 rebounds per game in his career. He did this while shooting a lifetime percentage of 53.7 from the field.
If the Knicks were to consider adding him to the roster, it could go one of two ways. One, he could be of assistance and mentor to the very young roster that the team already has. Stoudemire could help rookies such as RJ Barrett and Ignas Brazdeikis transition smoothly into the NBA.
Or, he could be a waste of a signing that brings no talent or boost to the roster at all.
When anybody finds themselves out of the NBA for a few years, it’s always tough to officially resurface in a meaningful way. Amar’e Stoudemire’s comeback bid is still up for grabs.