NBA Rumors: New York Knicks Need to Trade Amar'e Stoudemire

By A.J. Speier
Anthony Gruppuso-US PRESSWIRE

Last year, the New York Knicks were eliminated from the postseason by the Miami Heat in the first round in just five games, but this year is a whole different team.

The Knicks have moved Carmelo Anthony from small forward to power forward to make up for the loss of Amar’e Stoudemire as he struggles to recover from his knee injury.

With the position change, Anthony reverted back to his Olympic performance and put up 30 points on the Heat. Just like the Olympics, Anthony and his teammates relied on three-pointers.

There are four three-point shooters on this team and without feeling the need to make Stoudemire a part of the offense, they were able to do what they do best in the season-opener. The Knicks made 19 three-pointers on Friday night, setting a Heat record for most three-pointers allowed in a game.

With Anthony playing at power forward he was able to overcome his defensive deficiencies as a small forward and use his athleticism to get a double-double with 10 rebounds. Anthony also has the height at 6’8’’ to hold his own with other power forward.

The Knicks struggled last season when they attempted to make two isolation players try to co-exist and they got burned for it.

Anthony and Stoudemire are players who need to have their own team. It worked for Anthony in Denver with Chauncey Billups and it worked for Stoudemire in Phoenix with Steve Nash.

Maybe it’s time for the Knicks to get rid of Stoudemire.

Stoudemire hasn’t lived up to the five-year $100 million contract and his health continues to be a concern for the Knicks. The Atlanta Hawks found a way to clear themselves of the six-year $119 million contract they gave to Joe Johnson, so why can’t the Knicks find a suitor?

If the Knicks can get rid of Stoudemire’s contract, they can pursue another max contract player and possibly go after a player like the Hawks’ Josh Smith, who has been rumored to be on the trading block.

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