The Philadelphia 76ers aren’t going to be a good team this season, but that’s to be expected with such a young roster. Given that, they could be looking for veteran leadership which is why they may have interested in trading for Amare Stoudemire of the New York Knicks.
With both Joel Embiid and Nerlens Noel on the roster, Stoudemire could be used as a mentor for the two highly touted talents though his $23 million dollar salary for the upcoming season might pose a problem.
Clearly the 76ers would have no interest in Amare Stoudemire as a player and his contract does come off the books at season end, though it’s still a bit questionable as to why Philadelphia would be showing interest outside of STAT playing the role of mentor.
In addition to Amare Stoudemire, Stephen A. Smith suggests that Iman Shumpert is also a target of the Sixers (via NJ.com).
Speaking on First Take, ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith said the Knicks and Sixers have had conversations about a deal that would send Amare Stoudemire and Iman Shumpert to the Philadelphia. Although what the Sixers would send back isn’t clear, it likely wouldn’t be much more than a draft pick or non-guaranteed contract player, as the Knicks would do the deal to clear cap space.
The New York Knicks would obviously love to rid themselves of Stoudemire’s contract as it would instantly make them players in free agency and trade. If the price to do so only costs them Shumpert, it may be a move worth taking.
As for the Sixers, they could easily absorb Amare Stoudemire’s contract as they only have $30 million dollars (give or take) in guaranteed money on their books for the upcoming season.