The New York Knicks are doing whatever they can to try to dump salary and acquire valuable players and assets to build around free agent forward Carmelo Anthony, provided he re-signs with the team.
On Monday, a report surfaced the Knicks were looking to trade big men Amar’e Stoudemire and Andrea Bargnani who both have just one year left on their contracts. Speculation began the Philadelphia 76ers could be a destination for Stoudemire provided the Knicks sweetened the deal. According to Marc Berman of The New York Post, the Knicks have indeed contracted the 76ers about a potential deal.
Knicks president Phil Jackson is still trying to clear this year’s payroll and has looked at avenues to try and trade Amar’e Stoudemire’s expiring contract, already having contacted the obvious team, the 76ers.
The Sixers have $30 million in cap space and have made it known they’d be willing to accept an undesirable expiring contract if a pawn is thrown in. That extra pawn likely would be Iman Shumpert — something the Knicks prefer not to do.
The deal would be an attempt to clear space in order to acquire Los Angeles Lakers’ free agent big man Pau Gasol in addition to re-signing Anthony.
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.
Shumpert put up 6.7 points, 4.2 rebounds, 1.7 assists and 1.2 steals per game while shooting 37.8% from the field, 33.3% from beyond the arc and 74.6% from the free throw line. In three years as a pro, he has averaged 7.7 points, 3.5 rebounds, 2.1 assists and 1.3 steals per game while shooting 39.1% from the field, 34.2% from three and 77.5% from the free throw line.