HoopsHype Amare Stoudemire rumors

November 27, 2013 Updates

Many members of the National Basketball Association are known for their stylish wardrobes. Players regularly appear front row at fashion shows. What's less obvious is the considerable attention men in the league pay to their grooming routines. Many are devoted to particular products and have devised specific hair and skin-care regimens tailored to their sweat-laden and shower-heavy lifestyle. Salon services, including manicures and pedicures, are commonplace. "Every year I will stock my locker up with body wash, different lotions, different oils and different creams," says Amar'e Stoudemire, a fashion-forward forward with the New York Knicks. Before games, he applies Bath and Body Works Stress Relief eucalyptus-and-spearmint-scented body lotion. Afterward, Mr. Stoudemire, 31, makes sure to wash his face with Dove soap to remove the sweat that pools around the edges of his goggles while playing. Wall Street Journal

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But the key to the whole Knicks-Celtics negotiation is Wallace, who Boston is "desperate to trade," according to the source close to the Celtics. The source added, "That's the only way the Celtics take Amar'e." With the Celtics in rebuilding mode, they'd like to wipe Wallace's more than $10 million salary through 2016 off of their books. Bleacher Report

Interestingly, according to a source familiar with the Knicks' previous free-agency plans, they and the Celtics actually explored trading Wallace, Humphries and Courtney Lee for Stoudemire and Shumpert over the offseason. Now that the Celtics envision Avery Bradley as their shooting guard for the future—"They like him at $6 million a year," the source close to the Celtics said—they don't have a need for Shumpert. Bleacher Report

On the season, Amar'e Stoudemire is averaging only 11.1 minutes per game—22.7 below his career average. And according to a source close to the power forward, he could be playing up to double the minutes. "The Knicks' medical staff OK'd him for 15 to 20 minutes per game. I don't know why it's not happening," the source said. "They might want to protect him for the playoffs; but this way, they're not going to make the playoffs." Bleacher Report

Stoudemire still can’t play back-to-backs and he is not supposed to play Wednesday night against the Pacers. It’s clear Stoudemire isn’t opposed to sitting out back-to-backs or avoiding playing three games in five nights. But if he’s going to play, he wants to play. New York Post

November 18, 2013 Updates

According to a source, Shumpert had arthroscopic surgery on his left knee last July that the Knicks never reported. In September, the Daily News reported that Amar’e Stoudemire had knee surgery over the summer, which the Knicks also elected not to make public. New York Daily News

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