DALLAS – It’s only a matter of time before Amar’e Stoudemire becomes the newest member of the Dallas Mavericks, according to a source.
The New York Knicks reached a buyout with Stoudemire on Monday, and if he clears waivers, the Mavs are expected to sign him to a contract for the NBA’s veteran minimum on Wednesday.
The addition of Stoudemire (6-10, 245) will give the Mavs a quality veteran who can back up center Tyson Chandler and power forward Dirk Nowitzki.
Last Wednesday the Mavs signed center/power forward Bernard James to a 10-day contract to help shore up their rebounding deficiencies. And so far, all signs point to the Mavs signing James to a second 10-day contract after his current one expires Friday.
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The Mavs also still remain firmly in the hunt for free agent center/power forward Jermaine O’Neal.
Thus, if the Mavs are able to sign Stoudemire and O’Neal – and keep James – they’ll have to dump at least two players since they’ll have 17 players on their roster, which is two more than the NBA maximum. The likely candidates to get waived or traded are Greg Smith and Ricky Ledo.
In 36 games for the Knicks this season, Stoudemire averaged 12 points and 6.8 rebounds in 24 minutes per contest, while shooting a healthy 54.3 percent from the field. Now in his 13th season, the 32-year Stoudemire spent the first eight years of his career with Phoenix after the Suns made him the ninth overall pick of the 2002 draft.
On his Instagram account Monday, Stoudemire said: "New York will always be my home whether I am here playing for the Knicks or not." He followed that up with a poem he composed about New York.
Stoudemire is in the final year of a five-year contract worth nearly $100 million he signed with the Knicks before the 2010-’11 season.
A six-time All-Star, Stoudemire is a proficient pick-and-roll player, which fits perfect for what has gotten the Mavs off to a 36-19 start. But the Mavs will have to battle the Golden State Warriors, Los Angeles Clippers and Suns for Stoudemire’s services.