HoopsHype Amare Stoudemire rumors


February 13, 2015 Updates
February 12, 2015 Updates

Stoudemire’s agent, Happy Walters, acknowledged earlier Wednesday that he already has held preliminary conversations with the Knicks about a possible buyout for the former All-Star big man. “I will say that the Knicks have been really great to Amar’e . . . and super supportive. And Jim Dolan, the owner, has been really loyal over the years to Amar’e and really great to him,” Walters said on Daily News basketball columnist Frank Isola’s NBA Radio show on SiriusXM. “And so I think Amar’e feels that he has a lot of loyalty to the Knicks and Jim, good days or bad days. He certainly didn’t think his last year would be like it is now where the team is struggling, but I think anything is possible. New York Daily News

February 11, 2015 Updates

The NBA trading season officially ends Feb. 19, after which the buyout season—sort of a second wave of free agency—will unofficially commence. And that will likely signal the end of Amar'e Stoudemire's sadly ill-fated tour with the Knicks. Stoudemire's representatives are pushing for a buyout, and the Knicks seem inclined to grant it, according to sources. Having plunged into a rebuilding campaign, the Knicks have little use for an aging, sore-kneed former All-Star, and Stoudemire's contract expires after the season. Bleacher Report

Jordan Schultz: Hearing Suns likely front-runner for Amar'e Stoudemire when he gets bought out. He wants back to Phoenix. Suns concerned w/Alex Len's ankle. Amar'e Stoudemire buyout depends on how much money he wants to give up, but #Suns are likely front-runners/serious contenders if it happens. Twitter

Amar’e Stoudemire is still “loyal’’ to the Knicks, according to agent Happy Walters, and won’t ask to be waived unless Knicks owner James Dolan is completely supportive. “We are not in any real discussions yet,’’ Walters said in the text message to The Post. “Amar’e is loyal to the Knicks. If that changes, then he wouldn’t do anything unless Jim is cool with it.’’ New York Post

Amar'e Stoudemire isn't done playing for the Knicks, but he reflected on his time with the organization, saying he brought excitement and hope back and has no regrets. "I gave it all, man," Stoudemire said after practice Tuesday. "I gave my heart, my body and my soul. I truly gave it all. I'm still giving. I'm still dedicated to the game of basketball. I'm still dedicated to New York State and the New York Knicks." Newsday

February 10, 2015 Updates
February 9, 2015 Updates

The Knicks get an open roster spot to sign a D-League player or add another NBA player to the roster if they can use either of their two trade exceptions by the Feb. 19 deadline. Stoudemire gets to take his new inside game to a playoff contender and show he deserves a contract for next season. “No comment,’’ Stoudemire said when asked if he has sat down with Knicks brass yet to discuss. New York Post

Fans are conflicted about Stoudemire, respecting his classy conduct. Stoudemire brought credibility to the franchise in 2010 when Dolan’s team desperately needed some after being spurned by everyone from LeBron James to Chris Bosh to Joe Johnson. Stoudemire has been to prison to give hope to Rikers Island’s young prisoners, read to children in Harlem and come out with his own kids books. He has been a role model. On Tuesday he will be in Lake Wales, Fla., before the Knicks face Orlando for a charity event in which he refurbishes basketball courts where he honed his skills as a kid. New York Post

February 8, 2015 Updates

In recent days — even weeks — there has been a roller coaster of responses from Stoudemire. He said he wanted to consider a move to a contender. He wanted to stay a Knick. He would consider asking for a buyout. “Nah, I haven’t thought about that at all,” Stoudemire said about the possibility Saturday represented a New York farewell. “I’m still a New York Knick and I plan on being here for a while. Until things change.” New York Post

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