New York Knicks Need to Decide Fate of Amar'e Stoudemire

By Andy Schmidt
Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports

The New York Knicks are sitting at home right now trying to figure out what went wrong to end their postseason. There is one order of business that must be addressed with this team before they think ahead too much, however, and that is deciding what to do about Amar’e Stoudemire. The team isn’t sure whether or not Stoudemire will be a starter next season which leads me to think that the Knicks need to find a way to ship Stoudemire and his huge salary out of town if he can’t start.

I know it will be nearly impossible to do that since Stoudemire’s contract goes for two more years and is worth $45 million. There are not many teams that can add a player with that high of a salary, but New York needs to look. You can’t have a player on your roster that is coming off your bench making over $20 million a season. It just doesn’t work that way. The Knicks need to either be starting Stoudemire or trade him.

If Stoudemire is healthy and can start, it would work out great for the Knicks because they would have a very solid player who can assist Carmelo Anthony. The problems with the knees of Stoudemire worry me greatly, though. He played just 23 minutes a game this season and averaged 14 points a game. I would love to have a player that can average over 28 points a game if you spread that out over 48 minutes. The Knicks have a decision to make, but it will all depend on whether or not Stoudemire can be a starter next season.

Andy Schmidt is a columnist/writer for RantSports. Follow him on Twitter @ASchmidtSports, like his Facebook page or add him to your network on Google.

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