DALLAS – Amar’e Stoudemire made it official Wednesday when he signed a prorated contract with the Dallas Mavericks for the rest of this season that’ll pay him $485,670.
Stoudemire will go through a shootaround with the Mavs on Thursday morning and will suit up and wear jersey No. 1 when Dallas plays Oklahoma City at 7 p.m. Thursday at Chesapeake Energy Arena.
"I’m excited to be a part of a first-class organization," Stoudemire said in a statement released by the Mavs. "To play alongside Dirk Nowitzki, Tyson Chandler and other great players, I think it’s a tremendous opportunity for me to compete for a championship."
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Stoudemire received a buyout from New York this past Monday after playing the last four-and-a-half years with the Knicks. In 36 games with the Knicks this season the 6-10, 245-pound center/forward averaged 12 points and 6.8 reobunds in 24 minutes per contest.
However, Stoudemire was unhappy with the Knicks’ sad state of affairs, and wanted to part ways with the team that has the NBA’s worst record and join a contender.
The Mavs, meanwhile, was searching for someone of Stoudemire’s ilk who could play backup to both Chandler and Nowitzki, and also help them with their rebounding issues.
Stoudemire, 32, has averaged 20 points and 8.2 rebounds in a career which has now reached its 13th season.