The offseason is only months away, and the New York Knicks are hopeful to find a way into the playoffs. Regardless of how they will finish the season, Amar’e Stoudemire may be one of the players the team would want to trade in the future. However, Stoudemire would like to retire with the Knicks, according to Jared Zwerling of Bleacher Report.
Most likely, the 11-year veteran forward will not use his early termination option and will earn approximately $23 million next season. However, the team may be attracted to lure in a star player with Stoudemire’s salary. The Knicks could also benefit with Stoudemire’s style of play if the new president of basketball operations, Phil Jackson, likes him to be incorporated in the triangle offense or another useful offensive system.
Will the Knicks plan on keeping him for a few more years? The resurgence of Stoudemire is clearly one of the most pleasant surprises for the team and for the NBA this season. Since the trade that sent Carmelo Anthony to the Big Apple in 2011, Stoudemire’s career in New York had been marred by numerous knee operations. It appeared that Stoudemire may retire prematurely with recurring injuries, but he did not give up.
Although playing on a limited basis this season, not only has Stoudemire fulfilled his role of performing efficiently, but he has also regained the reputation of being one of the top contributors to the team this season. Stoudemire has high hopes for this organization’s future, but will Jackson and the front office want to have him as a part of their future?