Aside from star forward Carmelo Anthony, who the New York Knicks’ re-signed to a five-year, $127 million contract in the offseason, it is obvious the Knicks need to tear down their roster before they can get back to contending in the Eastern Conference (they had the second best record in the east in the 2012-2013 season). They have already traded center Tyson Chandler to the Dallas Mavericks and are looking to rid themselves of two other big men – Amar’e Stoudemire and Andrea Bargnani.
However, Chuck Myron of Hoops Rumors reports teams haven’t shown much interest in Stoudemire’s giant, expiring $23.411 million contract.
There are currently 10 expiring contracts valued in excess of $10MM, and Amar’e Stoudemire‘s massive deal leads them all. The Knicks have reportedly engaged in discussions with the Sixers, the only team close to enough cap space to take Stoudemire on without giving back salary in return, but no deal has materialized. Stoudemire’s deal would have been difficult to move even in the days when teams coveted expiring contracts.
Stoudemire missed 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.
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