Amar’e Stoudemire seeking possible comeback with New York Knicks

Amar'e Stoudemire, Tri State, New York Knicks (Photo by Adam Hunger/BIG3/Getty Images)
Amar'e Stoudemire, Tri State, New York Knicks (Photo by Adam Hunger/BIG3/Getty Images) /

The New York Knicks are looking to add veterans to their roster and may look for a big man they know very well to fill the void before next season.

Amar’e Stoudemire hasn’t played in the NBA since 2016, and he was a member of the Miami Heat playing in a limited role. He has since retired from the league signing a one day contract with the New York Knicks effectively ending his playing career as a member of the franchise.

Since announcing his retirement, Stoudemire quickly found the bug to play again and signed a deal to play overseas for Hapoel Jerusalem. He continues to play professionally in Jerusalem for the fall and has since 2018 become a player for the BIG3 during the summer. It was reported that Stoudemire would be working out for a group of 12 teams including the Knicks for a possible roster spot heading into the 2019-20 NBA season.

Basketball Hall of Famer and BIG3 commissioner Clyde Drexler recently addressed the rumors of Stoudemire’s workouts with NBA teams during a phone call with Empire Writes Back ahead of the league’s visit to Brooklyn, New York on July 14th.

How is the BIG3 handling Amar’e Stoudemire possibly leaving this season to pursue another opportunity in the NBA?

"“We will do whatever we can to support Amar’e because the BIG3 is a players league. We’re in it together if that’s what it takes for him to get ready for the NBA season we will give him that pass hopefully he can participate and play the last seven/six weeks in the BIG3 because it’s conditioning he’s gotta play somewhere. 3 on 3 is great conditioning it improves your overall skill level gotta be able to beat your guy off the dribble or on the post, and it makes you a better one on one defender because you won’t have so much help. so the BIG3 is great.”"

"“Hopefully, we’ll get to the point NBA teams say hey can some of our guys play with your guys this summer just to stay in shape and get more experience so that’s what I’d like to see in the future between the NBA and BIG3.”"

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Stoudemire turns 37-years old in November and has had a history of injury issues that derailed his career leading to retirement. He’s still shown durability while playing year-round since his NBA career and could be an interesting signing for any team including the Knicks.