Amar’e Stoudemire wants to make it to an NBA championship, and that’s apparently to the reason why the player left the Knicks. Now it seems that the v to try to accomplish this feat, and online bookmakers would really like to see if he makes it to his first championship with Dallas.
On Monday, an anonymous source reported that that the veteran took a buyout, left the Knicks, and now he agreed to join the ranks of the Mavericks, but waivers must be cleared on Wednesday for news of this to be official.
The source said that the 32-year-old could be ready to join the team when the Mavericks are back from their All-Star break.
On Monday, the forward was waived from the Knicks after asking the team for a buyout of what was left of his deal that was set to expire once the season is over. The waivers will most likely be cleared by the player.
“I will be forever grateful for the opportunity to contribute positively on the court and in the community,” said Stoudemire. “Although I leave the Knicks with a heavy heart, I wish the organization the best of luck. Once a Knick always a Knick.”
In 255 meetings over 5 seasons, with New York, Stoudemire recorded a 17.3-point and a 6.7-rebound average, making it to the playoffs on three occasions. In 2011, he started in that year’s All-Star Game.
Carmelo Anthony, who was looking to play with New York partly due to Stoudemire signing in 2010 with the team, heard the news on Sunday, and had a few things to say:
“Amare brought something back to New York that New York was kind of missing and needing for a long time,” said Anthony. “When he came, he brought back some of the excitement here for the game of basketball in New York. There was hope when he came back. People started believing in the New York Knicks once again. He was the main reason for that belief and for that hope when he first got here in New York.”
Stoudemire had the status of an All-Star before he signed a deal of five years in 2010, with a value of approximately $100 million. Online bookmakers saw that in his first season, the player helped New York put an end to a playoff drought of seven years, but in the last few years he had various injuries and missed playing time. His minutes had to be checked by the Knicks since he received two knee surgeries in the season of 2013-2014.
This season, the forward has an average 12 points made in 24 minutes.
“To see him leave, to see the situation where it’s at right now, I know what he wants and you have to respect that,” Anthony said.
“As an athlete, as a competitor, you only want the best for your friends, your close ones. He wants to play for a championship is what I’m hearing. He wants to play for a contender. I don’t think nobody should hold that away from him.”