Amar’e Stoudemire rejoining Maccabi Playtika Tel Aviv is a matter of time, according to Israeli outlet ONE. Stoudemire, 37, helped the Israeli powerhouse to its latest domestic championship earning the Finals MVP honors. He has agreed to terms for a second stint, notes the report. Both sides expressed willingness to renew their contract after the late conclusion of the 2019-20 season last July, and a few months forward are projected on the same track.
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According to Sports Walla, Maccabi Tel Aviv has been closing in on a new deal with Amar’e Stoudemire. The 38-year-old center returned to the US last month. Despite the hesitations and difficulties in contacts, the sides maintained communication throughout the period, and in recent days there was positive progress.
Maccabi Tel Aviv and veteran center Amar’e Stoudemire have a mutual interest in an extension of their cooperation according to Israeli website ONE.
Shortly before the resumption of the Israeli Winner League, Stoudemire said that he’s thinking about retiring soon due to being far from his family. In later comments after a win over Gilboa Galil, he hinted that he will continue playing.
“This was my 18th season as a professional basketball player,” Amar’e Stoudemire added, “I stay fit and train very hard to be ready at all times. When you do that, anything is possible. About the future, the future looks good right now but my priority is to celebrate.”
Maccabi Tel Aviv announced the addition of veteran NBA center and six-time All-Star Amar’e Stoudemire on a contract for the remainder of the season. Stoudemire will compete in EuroLeague for the first time in his career. He previously played in Israel with Hapoel Jerusalem (of which he’s a shareholder) in 2016-2017 and 2018-2019.
Marc Stein: Stoudemire recently had a 33-point, 17-rebound outing in China but returned in part, sources say, because of the great distance away from his family, which remained in the States while he was playing for the Fujian Sturgeons
Six-time NBA All-Star forward Amar’e Stoudemire has signed a deal to play for Fujian Sturgeons in the Chinese Basketball Association this season, the team announced. The announcement came approximately a week after Stoudemire departed the United States for Hong Kong, where he was greeted by team officials and then worked out for a few days. He has since arrived in Fujian to join the rest of the team for training and media day activities. At the media day photo shoot, Stoudemire was seen posing with traditional Chinese cultural elements.
Roi Cohen: Sport5 EXCLUSIVE: Amar’e Stoudemire signed with CBA club Fujian
But, back to the workout … STAT and Monta Ellis worked out for multiple teams — including the Lakers, Warriors and Knicks — last week … and he says it couldn’t have gone better!! “It went good, man.” Amar’e tells us. “We had a good workout, about 15 teams showed up. It was very nice.”
Amar’e Stoudemire will not be taking any wine baths in preparation for suiting up for the Knicks again. The team has decided not to make a move for Stoudemire, according to an NBA source. Stoudemire staged a workout for 15 teams, the Knicks among them, in Las Vegas on Monday. Stoudemire, 36, is attempting to make a comeback and said Tuesday on “MSG 150” he is down to his lowest-ever playing weight at 236 pounds. The eccentric former All-Star used to take wine baths to keep himself fresh as a Knick.
“My body feels amazing, so we’ll see if the opportunity becomes a reality,” Stoudemire told “MSG 150.” “A lot of the teams have a lot of young players and a lot of players that can learn how to train, how to become professionals and how to become great basketball players. And leadership goes a long way with teams in order to get from a playoff team to a contending championship team. From that standpoint I have a lot to offer. And also as a basketball player, I still have a lot of game left. I can help a team in any way they need.”
Stoudemire feels his “leadership quality’’ will be key to joining an NBA squad. The Knicks may not have an open roster spot if they sign both Reggie Bullock, whose physical raised a red flag, and Marcus Morris. “My body feels amazing, so we’ll see if the opportunity becomes a reality,” Stoudemire said on the show. “A lot of the teams have a lot of young players and a lot of players that can learn how to train, how to become professionals and how to become great basketball players. And leadership goes a long way with teams in order to get from a playoff team to a contending championship team. “From that standpoint, I have a lot to offer. And also as a basketball player, I still have a lot of game left. I can help a team in any way they need.”
Appearing on MSG Network’s “MSG 150’’ show Tuesday night, Stoudemire, in excerpts obtained by The Post, said, “For me I got down to 235 [pounds], which is my lowest weight I’ve ever played at. I got as strong as I could possibly be. “I worked on physical therapy and my physical training to the point where I took every exercise very seriously and critiqued every single workout and exercise, so my body as a result has been feeling great.”
Chris Haynes: There are approximately 12 teams attending this evening’s workout in Las Vegas featuring Amar’e Stoudemire and Monta Ellis. Among those are LA Lakers, Golden State, NY Knicks, Oklahoma City, Milwaukee, Detroit and Washington.
Jordan Schultz: Amar’e Stoudemire and Monta Ellis will workout privately for at least five NBA teams from 6-7pm — in Las Vegas — on July 8, a source tells ESPN. Both players are healthy and hoping to sign with a contending team, such as the #Lakers.
Earlier in the day Amare Stoudemire posted on Instagram a message to the Hapoel Jerusalem fans that this may be his last home game for the club which raised eyebrows throughout the Israeli Basketball world. What was the post about? Is he retiring? Is he going to another team? Will he go and learn Torah full time? Who knew! The Sports Rabbi had to find out and find out we did as we were able to speak to STAT following the game beneath the PAIS Arena stands. “It is what it is. Whatever I posted that’s what I was thinking. I was just reflecting on the great times I’ve had here in Jerusalem and I’m not sure if I’m going to be able to get a deal done with this team. But I’ll be playing for sure next year.” Would Amare like to potentially play in the Euroleague? “It’s always about competing at a high level. There’s always minicamps in the NBA and there’s always Euroleague teams, there’s always high level basketball and to challenge myself to play at a high level is always the goal.”
For the player who competed in the “BIG3” tournament last summer. it’s obvious that he still has enough gas in the tank, even for an NBA return: “I was very close to returning to the NBA, many teams were interested, but I did not want to wait any longer. There can always be teams in the NBA that will need me, and I’m always ready. If I stayed in the US and waited, it would have happened and I would have gone back to the league. Now the training camps are starting and I wanted to continue practicing and playing, so I came back here. I have an opt-out option in my contract which can be used during the season”.
Hapoel Jerusalem announced that Amare Stoudemire will make his come-back to the team, after an one-year absence.
Hapoel Jerusalem reached an agreement for the return of Amar’e Stoudemire to the team, as reported by Sport5. Before finalizing the contract, Jerusalem is waiting to see how the roster will be build. The idea of Jerusalem is have a core of young players to put around Stoudemire.
Amare Stoudemire and Hapoel Jerusalem have reached an agreement regarding the player’s return to the team, according to Israeli website Sports 5. The only thing left for the deal to be completely finalized is for the Israeli club to determine how the staff and roster of the squad will be compiled ahead of the upcoming season.
Here’s what the six-time All-Star also said about European basketball and his experience in Israel. On possibly playing in the ACB: “I would love to play in the Spanish League because it’s very competitive. It’s possible if a team is interested. In Spain, there are many young people who want to play in the NBA. And the atmosphere is incredible. I played with Hapoel Jerusalem in the EuroCup semifinals in Valencia and the fans were incredible. Then I said I wish I could play there someday. I thank the Spanish fans who have followed my career.”
Stoudemire has a strong relationship with Knicks owner James Dolan. “Sure, I haven’t spoken to them yet about it, but that definitely could be an option,’’ Stoudemire said. “I have nothing but positive affirmations about the team and organization. That will be something I can think about.”
Stoudemire will explore three options, and retirement is one of them. The 34-year-old still has pangs for one more go-round in the NBA. “To play and win a championship my first year there, I could just call it quits and leave as a champion,’’ said Stoudemire, who never made it to the NBA Finals. “That could be an option. Another option is maybe to play with a team that needs quality veteran leadership here in the NBA. That could be an option. Or I could go back and defend the title for a back-to-back. I have time to think about it. Those are my three options.”
Stoudemire arrived back in Miami on Sunday after his Hapoel Jerusalem club, despite being the fourth seed in playoffs, captured the Israeli Premier League championship on Thursday with an 83-76 victory over Maccabi Haifa. “It felt amazing after a long season to lift up the championship trophy,’’ Stoudemire told The Post in a phone interview Monday. “We had a great run.”
In keeping with kosher tradition, Stoudemire doesn’t eat pork or shellfish, and he sports a menorah tattoo on his left wrist. Then again, his premeal blessing includes a thank you to Jesus, and body art is considered by some rabbis to be a violation of Jewish law. Bottom line: Stoudemire says that he’s committed to “holy living” and that in Jerusalem, “I’ve never felt more at home, more tied to a place where I’m playing.”
The big adjustments for Stoudemire have come at his workplace, where he often plays in small gyms for less than 1,000 fans. Even as a veteran of international competition, he is still picking up on the rules and nuances of Euro-ball, the niceties of officiating, an Italian coach who speaks mostly with his hands. And Stoudemire’s teammates are . . . “Let’s put it this way,” he says, after searching for diplomatic words, “it’s more of a teaching situation. Like, Here’s where you go on a pick-and-roll.”
Paul Coro: At a NY presser, agent Happy Walters clarifies that Stoudemire had NBA offers but not w/ playoff teams & that he didn’t ask PHX for a 1-day.
Stoudemire: I may be retiring from the NBA, but I’m not saying goodbye to basketball just yet. My next step is playing for Hapoel Jerusalem, one of the top teams in Europe. This isn’t about collecting a paycheck overseas, though; it’s a spiritual journey, too. The Scripture speaks about Jerusalem as a holy place, and I can feel that whenever I’m in the city. This is a chance for me to be a better husband and a better father, to help me lead my family into righteousness. The opportunity to play there, and grow as a player and person, is a blessing. As my father used to tell me, “The sky’s the limit.”
David ‘Dubi’ Pick: BOLD get for @OriAllon: “We’re thrilled to have Amar’e (Stoudemire) join our team, solidifying Hapoel among the top echelon in Europe.”
Nikos Varlas: – Journalist: “What should Hapoel fans expect from you?”- Amare Stoudemire: “They can go to YouTube and see my top 100 plays”
Ian Begley: Amar’e on his 14-year NBA career: “It’s been a great ride. I faced some challenges … and I persevered.” https://t.co/D6B7jUT9Gq
Ian Begley: Amar’s Stoudemire posing with his Haopel Jerusalem jersey. https://t.co/mpl6N49ElW
Amare Stoudemire: Then there’s Steve Nash. Before he arrived, we already had a pretty strong nucleus in myself, Joe Johnson, Shawn Marion and Leandro Barbosa. When we brought Steve on board, we reached a whole new level. Everyone else fed off him. Once you have a pass-first point guard, a guy who just focuses on getting the ball to where it needs to be —who’s just making his teammates better — it opens up the entire game. We redefined the game of basketball. Before us, the center position was more like Shaq or Karl Malone. We didn’t have that size, but we had speed. Mike D’Antoni made a decision to go small. Teams weren’t ready for it. They weren’t ready for Seven Seconds or Less.
Stoudemire: Can’t forget about the big fella, neither: Shaq. I idolized him growing up. And I got to play with him in Phoenix in ’08 and ’09. We did work, too. I was putting up insane numbers thanks to him and all the attention teams had to give him. Then there’s Dirk Nowitzki. The toughest player I ever had to guard. That one-legged fadeaway? There’s just no stopping it. Luckily when we were on the same team for a few months in 2015, I didn’t have to. I could play off him and just watch him work.
Stoudemire: I got to play a bit this year with Dwyane Wade, yet another Hall of Famer. He keeps his dribble so low to the ground, and he’s deceptively quick. It just takes two dribbles for him to get through the lane and explode to the rim. He looks like he’s going through the game on cruise control, but at the end of the night he has 28 points and nine assists.
Stoudemire: Last, but definitely not least, Carmelo Anthony. I think he’s the best pure scorer in the NBA. It just comes so easy to him. When he’s at his best, he’s playing an entirely different game than the rest of us. That night when he scored 62 at the Garden, that was easy for him. He could have gotten 70, maybe more. He just flowed out there on the court. That’s what the game is all about, getting to a level like Carmelo is on. When a great player performs like that, it’s fun to watch. I should know, I was there.
According to Israeli website Walla, Stoudemire will convene a press conference on Monday at 16:00 (CET) where he will inform about his decision to play for an overseas team for the first time in his career. And his destination is Hapoel Jerusalem, the Israeli club with which Stoudemire is already linked, holding a part of its ownership. […] The news of Stoudemire joining Hapoel Jerusalem were first reported by Walla on July 27.
Amar’e Stoudemire called a Monday news conference, where he’s expected to announce that he’s playing next season in Israel for the team he partially owns, according to international basketball sources.
Stoudemire is scheduled to travel to Israel next week as part of an NBA Cares initiative organized by the first Israeli to ever play in the NBA — Sacramento’s Omri Casspi — and has taken a great interest in the country over the past few years since revealing that he has Jewish roots on his mother’s side. He has held an ownership stake in Hapoel Jerusalem since the summer of 2013 after Israeli tech magnate Ori Allon became the club’s majority owner.
David ‘Dubi’ Pick: Amar’e Stoudemire agreed to deal with co-owned Hapoel Jerusalem to become best-ever NBA star in Israel. vine.co/v/iY07uJ9rnU0
Eric Pincus: The New York Knicks signed Amar’e Stoudemire on Tuesday to a 1-yr $1.5 min contract, then waived him – researching if any was guaranteed – Roman Sprikut: it’ll be so funny if today someone (like, i dunno, Bucks or Pistons) makes waiver claim and then asks him to report to the team. – Eric Pincus: Technically a team would be able to claim Amar’e.
Eric Pincus: The New York Knicks signed Amar’e Stoudemire on Tuesday to a 1-yr $1.5 min contract, then waived him – researching if any was guaranteed
Stoudemire wanted his career to end where it began and thrived, but that interest was not reciprocated by the Suns in the past two offseasons, even as the Suns signed two of his 2010 conference finalist teammates – Jared Dudley and Leandro Barbosa – this month. In addition to signing Dudley to start at power forward, the Suns drafted power forwards Dragan Bender and Marquese Chriss last month.
NBA great Amar’e Stoudemire announced his retirement as a player in the National Basketball Association today, after signing with the New York Knickerbockers for his final contract in the league. “I want to thank Mr. Dolan, Phil [Jackson] and Steve [Mills] for signing me so that I can officially retire as a New York Knick,” Stoudemire said. “I came to New York in 2010 to help revitalize this franchise and we did just that. Carmelo [Anthony], Phil and Steve have continued this quest, and with this year’s acquisitions, the team looks playoff-bound once again. Although my career has taken me to other places around the country, my heart had always remained in the Big Apple. Once a Knick, Always a Knick.”
“For parts of six years, Amar’e Stoudemire was the face of the New York Knicks franchise because of his excellence on the court and his dedication to our community and our fans across the world. When Amar’e asked us to retire as a Knick, we were honored to oblige,” Steve Mills said.
Ian Begley: Amar’e Stoudemire has signed a contract with the Knicks and announced that he’ll retire, the club announced.
Barry Jackson: Amare Stoudemire signs ceremonial contract with Knicks and announces retirement today. So final NBA season was with Heat.
Amar’e Stoudemire. The Heat is open to bringing him back at the minimum, but it doesn’t sound likely. His lack of consistent minutes bothered him.
All of this is part of a regimen that Stoudemire believes will keep him in the NBA a few more seasons. He made clear this week he has no thought of retiring soon. “My body’s been feeling great and strong. I feel healthy, my passion is there. If that continues, I’m just gonna feel better and better and I’m gonna play better and better. There’s a lot more left in me. No question,” Amare Stoudemire said.
Stoudemire said he considered signing with Phoenix last summer but wanted to be on a title contender. “That’s why I chose Miami but Phoenix is still not ruled out,” Stoudemire said. “I have a lot of basketball left in me.” Stoudemire’s Friday return was sentimental for a Suns run that began as Rookie of the Year and ended with five All-Star seasons. “I have so many good memories here,” Stoudemire said. “It feels like home. It truly does. I look around and see everything around the arena, the practice court and the city and it feels like have a connection that I can’t break. I feel comfortable. “
The Miami HEAT announced today that they have signed center/forward Amar’e Stoudemire. Per club policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed. “We are very fortunate that a proven All-Star like Amar’e has chosen the Miami Heat,” said HEAT President Pat Riley. “He is going to bring gravitas, leadership and a hardworking mentality to our team as we look to win another Championship in Miami.”
Jeff Zillgitt: Amar’e Stoudemire reaches deal with Heat, the team announced. I’ve been told it’s a one-year contract worth $1.5M. Stoudemire wants to win, play with All-Stars and on the same team with Goran Dragic, who he loves from their days together in Phoenix.
Barry Jackson: Heat hopes to strike a deal with Amar’e Stoudemire on Friday. ESPN New York says “belief” is that Heat/Amar’e are “close” to deal.
Ian Begley: Amar’e Stoudemire’s scheduled to meet w/MIA tomorrow. The belief currently is that Amar’e/MIA are “close” to completing a deal, per sources. Amar’e Stoudemire’s scheduled meeting with the Heat on Friday was first reported by the NY Daily News.
Jared Zwerling: Source: Amar’e Stoudemire is also strongly considering the Heat. Meeting with Pat Riley tomorrow. Heat has tax midlevel just FYI.
Chris Broussard: With @DeAndre Jordan leaving, 1 player LAC will try to get is @Amare Stoudemire. But with only vets minimum to offer, chances he accepts r SLIM
Jared Zwerling: Source: Mutual interest between Amar’e Stoudemire and Clippers, Lakers, Mavericks, Spurs and Suns.
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