HoopsHype Amare Stoudemire rumors


January 26, 2015 Updates

With his sprained left ankle taped up, his swollen right knee wrapped up, and still awaiting a brace for a sprained left wrist, Stoudemire quietly muttered, "Guys, it [stinks] getting old." Stoudemire may be just 32 years old, but it's been a hard-worn career — a run of injuries that never seems to end. With 37 games remaining this season, his five-year, $100 million contract with the Knicks is coming to an end, and his days in New York likely are, too. He couldn't say if he'd be back tonight to face Sacramento, and really couldn't put a date on a return with any certainty. Bergen Record

"With the ankle sprain, I tried to go back out and play through it," he said. "I was struggling the entire time. I was trying, trying. But I couldn't be myself out there. [In the final minutes] I couldn't do much. My ankle was throbbing. I felt like it was getting tighter and stiffer. At that point, I knew I couldn't be beneficial out there. "I'm sure it's going to be a little time for me to get over this ankle sprain and my wrist sprain. But we'll see. I'll bombard it with rehab the next few days, recover, and see how it feels." Bergen Record

Stoudemire sprained his ankle and wrist in the game. He finished 0-for-5 with one point in 12 minutes and didn't sound too confident about being able to play Monday night against the Kings. "I'm sure it's going to be a little time for me to get over this ankle sprain and my wrist sprain," Stoudemire said. "But we'll see. I'll bombard it with rehab the next few days, recover and see how it feels." Newsday

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The Knicks, sources told ESPN.com recently, are not looking to move Stoudemire and, at least for now, intend to keep him for the rest of the season. But sources say they have discussed internally the possibility of buying out Stoudemire to let him play for a contender if he preferred that route. Stoudemire, of course, would have to agree to such a transaction. ESPN.com

It remains an outside possibility that -- with team president Phil Jackson declaring any option is explorable for his ailing 5-35 team -- Stoudemire could be waived after the forthcoming trade deadline. That, in truth, would probably occur only if he demanded a quick departure, but the veteran has signaled his wish to mentor the inexperienced Knicks core, something of which Jackson would surely approve. ESPN.com

January 13, 2015 Updates

Stoudemire, listed as questionable for the game against the Bucks at O2 Arena, is in the final year of his $100 million contract and doesn’t appear to have a long-term future with the franchise. “It’s very difficult situation at this point,’’ Stoudemire said at the Imperial College, where the club had a practice. “It’s a hard decision for me to make. My loyalty has always been with New York and the Knicks. So it will be tough right now to make a decision as far as going somewhere else at this point. It’s something I have to think about. I’m sure over time I’ll sit and think about the best scenario for myself. New York Post

“For now, I know I’ve been through injuries throughout my career. I have to make sure I’m able to be strong enough and prepared to play for team contending for a championship. New York is trying to rebuild. Hopefully that will be sooner than later.’’ New York Post

January 12, 2015 Updates

But ‎sources maintain that the Knicks are not looking to move Stoudemire and, at least for now, intend to keep him for the rest of the season. That could theoretically lead to Stoudemire -- who has relished his time with the Knicks despite the club's struggles -- re-signing with them over the summer at a reduced rate. The 32-year-old former All-Star, who has been plagued by knee injuries in recent years, is playing out the final year of his current contract at $23.4 million. ESPN.com

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Amar'e Stoudemire would like to see the NBA scale back its schedule in light of so many players taking games off to rest. "I'm a firm believer that 82 games and the preseason and playoffs is a lot for us as basketball players," said Stoudemire, who missed Saturday night's 135-129 overtime loss to the Kings with right knee soreness. "Basketball requires a lot of athletic ability. There's a lot of running, jumping, pounding, cutting, quickness. There's a lot of training that goes on even when the season's over that accumulates over time. Add to that for 15 years straight or however many years guys are playing and it's hard to keep up. Newsday

December 27, 2014 Updates

Ian Begley: Amar'e Stoudemire will not play tonight due to knee soreness, #Knicks say. JR Smith is questionable due to plantar fascia injury. Twitter @IanBegley

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