When Amar’e Stoudemire joined the New York Knicks before the 2010-2011 season, he had one of the best seasons of his career, averaging 25.3 points, 8.2 rebounds, 2.6 assists and 1.9 blocks per game.
Although Stoudemire enjoyed team success in the 2012-2013, his individual success has gone down hill since joining the Knicks and the team had an awful season this year, missing out on the postseason after playing in the playoffs two years in a row.
Stoudemire has the option to become an unrestricted free but according to Chris Haynes of Comcast Sports Northwest, Stoudemire will be declining his Early Termination Option and will remain with the Knicks.
As most expected, New York Knicks power forward Amar’e Stoudemire has declined to exercise his early termination option and will return to the Knicks for the 2014-15 season to finish out the final year of his five-year, $100 million deal, a league source informed CSNNW.com.
“He is opting in,” said the source that spoke on condition of anonymity because an official announcement has yet to be made. If he had chose to exercise his ETO, he would have become an unrestricted free agent this summer.
Stoudemire is due to make $23.4 million next season, which is much more than he will likely make for the rest of his career so refusing the ETO was a no-brainer.
Stoudemire missted only 17 games last season, but his minutes were severely reduced – he played 22.6 minutes per game. He had one of the worst seasons of his career, putting up just 11.9 points and 4.9 rebounds per game while shooting 55.7% from the field and 73.9% from the free throw line. Over his career, he has averaged 20.4 points, 8.3 rebounds, 1.3 assists and 1.3 blocks in 33.0 minutes per game while shooting 53.5% from the field and 76.2% from the charity stripe.