The New York Knicks would have loved to have gotten out of the final year of Amar’e Stoudemire’s contract (and Andre Bargnani’s as well) but they weren’t able to do it in the offseason. Many believe the Philadelphia 76ers, who are in for another long season, could wind up dealing for Stoudemire.
Larry Coon of Basketball Insiders discussed the possibility of the 76ers trading for Stoudemire.
It’s definitely a possibility. Teams must spend at least 90% of the salary cap. Those that don’t are surcharged, but teams generally make up any deficit by trading for players to get above the 90% threshold. Philly could trade for a player like Stoudemire to add additional salary to their books, and he likely wouldn’t significantly affect their draft position in 2015.
If it gives the 76ers another asset, they’ve shown they will make a move. They also could wind up being a facilitator in several other deals. Plenty of other teams, like the Boston Celtics, who helped the Brooklyn Nets trade for point guard Jarrett Jack, will likely be looking to do the same. Of course, if the Knicks have to give up an asset to trade for Stoudemire, then they’d likely be better off just letting his contract play out.
Stoudemire had a rough 2013-2014 season despite staying relatively healthy (he missed 17 games). He put 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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