New York Knicks Rumors: Buyout Coming for Amar’e Stoudemire?


The latest New York Knicks rumors to begin to surface is whether or not Amar’e Stoudemire will be asking the Knicks for a buyout.

“It’s not an easy decision to make,” Stoudemire told Yahoo! Sports. “Over time, we will see how things pan out. You give yourself a break during the All-Star break. You think about it with your family. … That will give me a good solid week on how to weigh out the rest of the season.”

According to’s Ian Begley the Knicks’ front office has had internal discussions about whether or not to buyout Stoudemire’s contract.

This is the final year of Stoudemire’s five-year $100 million contract, and at 32-years old with the Knicks not going anywhere this season, Stoudemire may want to finish with a contender instead of riding out the season with a poor Knicks team.

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“The toughest part is staying motivated through all the ups and downs, keeping the guys competitive,” he told Yahoo! Sports. “This requires an extreme, great amount of perseverance for something like this, especially for me to be 13 years in the NBA and dealing with this type of record. But since we are here, we have to become great leaders, work with the young guys on their mistakes and continue to improve.”

Stoudemire has been banged up after a strong start to the season, as he has missed time due to a sore knee from overuse in the early part of the season, and most recently has missed time due to a sprained ankle and a banged up wrist.

When on the court, Stoudemire has been efficient in limited minutes, as he is averaging 12.2 points, and 7.0 rebounds per game in 24.9 MPG. He is currently shooting 55.1% from the field this season, and could certainly be of use to a contender off the bench.

Stoudemire is hoping to return from injury soon, and with the All-Star Game around the corner, he will be thinking about the possibility of finishing the season elsewhere during the break.

“We still have a couple weeks left before it’s all said and done. It’s a decision I have to make with my family to figure out the best scenario for the near future.”

If Stoudemire’s time in New York is coming to an end, it will be sad for many Knicks fans, who despite poor luck with injuries, Stoudemire always worked hard for the Knicks to try and live up to his contract.

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