By: Caleb Luketic
The Knicks announced Monday afternoon that they have officially waived Amar’e Stoudemire, who previously signed a 5 year, $99.7 million contract with New York in 2010. Stoudemire will be expected to clear waivers Wednesday at 5 PM ET. He then will be able to sign with any team that wants him, and Stoudemire hopes to sign with a playoff contender. The Dallas Mavericks have shown some interest in the 32 year-old. The Los Angeles Clippers, Phoenix Suns, and Memphis Grizzlies have also shown some interest in Stoudemire.
Stoudemire will talk with players and coaches from various teams this week to decide where he wants to go to try to contend for a championship. Stoudemire could go and start for the Clippers right now because of the injury to forward Blake Griffin. However, I think that the best place for him to go is to Dallas because Stoudemire isn’t a guy who can give you 30-35 minutes a game. He is a player who is going to give you 20-24 minutes a game off of the bench to let other guys rest.
Dallas could only offer Stoudemire the veterans minimum, but they can also offer him a chance at a championship, which is what he so desperately desires. The Mavericks would give him a significant role off of the bench behind the German great Dirk Nowitzki and Tyson Chandler. Stoudemire could help the Mavericks solidify the post when Nowitzki or Chandler are on the bench.
Another reason why Stoudemire would be a great fit there is because of the pick and roll that Dallas runs. Tyson Chandler said that “[Stoudemire] would fit in great because we play a lot of pick and roll.” Chandler and Stoudemire were teammates in New York the past 3 seasons. Chandler also emphasized that Rick Carlisle is great at understanding players and how to use them to their full potential.
I think that if the Mavericks could sign Stoudemire, it could make them even that much stronger going into the post season because it gives them an extra big man to replace Brandan Wright. The Mavericks traded Brandan Wright earlier in the year to get PG Rajon Rondo from Boston. These moves make the Mavericks that much stronger, and they will need every ounce of strength they can get coming out of the West.
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