Amar’e Stoudemire signs deal with Chinese team Fujian
Former NBA star Amar’e Stoudemire has signed a deal to play for Chinese basketball team Fujian, according to Israeli basketball reporter Roi Cohen.
Stoudemire retired from the NBA in 2016 but continued to play basketball elsewhere.
He first played basketball in Israel during the 2016-17 campaign and announced his retirement from the game of basketball period at the conclusion of that season.
However, his retirement was short-lived, as he returned to the United States in February to play in the BIG3 League.
Stoudemire then went back to Israel the following year, spending the 2018-19 season with Hapoel Jerusalem.
Of course, Stoudemire is most known for his NBA career.
He was originally selected by the Phoenix Suns with the ninth overall pick of the 2002 NBA Draft, straight out of high school. He was very impressive during his rookie campaign, playing in all 82 games and averaging 13.5 points and 8.8 rebounds per game while shooting 47.2 percent from the floor.
Stoudemire proceeded to spend the first eight years of his NBA career with the Suns, making five All-Star teams.
He then joined the New York Knicks in free agency during the summer of 2010 and spent his next four-and-a-half seasons with the Knicks, making one All-Star selection before injuries ended up consuming the rest of his tenure with the club.
The 36-year-old then had short stints with the Dallas Mavericks and Miami Heat before retiring from the NBA.
Stoudemire boasts career averages of 18.9 points and 7.8 rebounds per game while making 53.7 percent of his field-goal attempts and 76.1 percent of his free throws.