Knicks no longer interested in bringing back Amar’e Stoudemire
The New York Knicks took a look at Amar’e Stoudemire during a recent workout in Las Vegas, but it appears there is no chance for a Big Apple reunion this summer.
According to Marc Berman of the New York Post, the Knicks are not planning to sign Stoudemire this offseason. New York was tagged as a likely destination for Stoudemire because of his history with the franchise. He once signed a $100 million deal with the team and actually retired a Knick through a one-day deal in 2016.
However, the Knicks are focused on other targets like Marcus Morris. Morris is reportedly mulling an offer from the Knicks despite committing to a two-year deal with the San Antonio Spurs. Morris plays the same position as Stoudemire, which makes a reunion more unlikely to take place.
Stoudemire last played in an NBA game with the Miami Heat in 2015. He then retired as Knick the following year, but the former All-Star did not stop playing. He had a brief stint in a professional league in Israel and also played in the Big3 league last season.
In 14 seasons in the league, Stoudemire averaged 18.9 points and 7.8 rebounds per game. Aside from the Knicks and the Heat, the six-time NBA All-Star also had stints with the Phoenix Suns for eight seasons, and the Dallas Mavericks for 23 games in 2015.