When you sign a player to a 5 year, near $100 million dollar contract, the last thing you want to do is put the said player in a minutes restriction three plus seasons into their deal. But that’s the exact scenario that the New York Knicks are facing with big man Amare Stoudemire.
Speaking to Al Iannazzone, Knicks general manager Glen Gruswald said that placing Amare on a reduced minutes schedule may be something they incorporate next season.
Grunwald said Amar’e could be on a minutes restriction next year.
Amare, who’s had a lengthy battle with injuries over the course of his career has seen his minutes reduced for three straight seasons in New York, peaking at nearly 37 in 2010-11, dropping to 32 last year and finally dipping to just 23 this season.
There was no word on just how heavily Stoudemire’s minutes would be reduced, but, one could assume that he most likely wouldn’t play over 30 minutes a game if the Knicks were to indeed implement the strategy.
In addition, head coach Mike Woodson said he was unsure if Amare would start or if he’d come off the bench next season:
Woodson said he hasn’t made a decision regarding whether Amar’e Stoudemire will start or not next season.