Amar’e Stoudemire Six Potential Landing Spots After Buyout

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Feb 6, 2015; Oklahoma City, OK, USA; Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook (0) reacts after a dunk against the New Orleans Pelicans during the third quarter at Chesapeake Energy Arena. Mandatory Credit: Mark D. Smith-USA TODAY Sports

Oklahoma City Thunder

The Thunder have been in the market for a low post scorer for multiple seasons, and if Stoudemire is indeed bought out there won’t be many better options than him. The Thunder had previously been attempting to pry Brook Lopez from the Brooklyn Nets, but thus far those efforts have been rebuffed; signing a bought out player like Stoudemire would be a lot less complicated.

This would be an ideal landing spot for Stoudemire because there would be almost no pressure. He would be a complimentary piece on the second unit with Dion Waiters, with Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook being option 1A and 1B in the starting lineup. Stoudemire would also give them something they are severely lacking currently; an inside scoring option.

Right now the Thunder have no one to throw the ball into in the half court, as they rely solely on Durant and Westbrook to knock down jump shots, and opposing teams know it. Having Stoudemire around would give teams another scoring option to worry about, and one that can score around the basket. He would open things up for Durant and Westbrook on the perimeter as team’s will find it more difficult to double-team them.

Adding another player that likes to have the ball in his hands and score would seem counterintuitive to many people, but Stoudemire has shown that he will put his team ahead of himself as long as it results in what he truly cares most about, which is winning.

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