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Six-time NBA All-Star Amar’e Stoudemire is looking to return to the Association after his 14-year career ended in 2016, but any potential comeback won’t be with the New York Knicks.
According to Marc Berman of the New York Post, New York won’t make an offer to the ex-power forward after the five-time All-NBA team member held a workout for 15 NBA teams in Las Vegas on Monday.
As Berman noted, the Knicks wouldn’t have much room for Stoudemire after adding power forwards Julius Randle, Bobby Portis and Taj Gibson in free agency.
The 6’10” Stoudemire averaged 18.9 points and 7.8 rebounds during his NBA tenure.
Stoudemire played in the BIG3 last year for Tri-State, averaging 8.8 points and 4.0 rebounds in 14.1 minutes per game. Tri-State finished 5-3 and made the league semifinals before losing to eventual champion Power.
Stoudemire is confident in his ability to make a successful return, as he said on MSG 150 (h/t Berman).
“For me I got down to 235 [pounds], which is my lowest weight I’ve ever played at. I got as strong as I could possibly be,” Stoudemire said. “I worked on physical therapy and my physical training to the point where I took every exercise very seriously and critiqued every single workout and exercise, so my body as a result has been feeling great.”
Stoudemire further said that he’s “always stayed in top shape” and that “leadership quality” is a selling point for any team looking to sign him.
At his best, Stoudemire was one of the NBA’s most exciting players. He was a key piece on the “Seven Seconds or Less” Phoenix Suns of the early-to-mid 2000s that changed a stodgy game with their breakneck pace and three-point shooting prowess.
After eight years in Phoenix that saw him post 21.4 points and 8.9 boards per contest, Stoudemire signed with the Knicks during the 2010 offseason. He immediately turned New York from a moribund franchise into an exciting and fun-to-watch playoff contender that finished second in the league in scoring.
Stoudemire averaged 25.3 points and 8.2 rebounds during the 2010-11 campaign, but unfortunately, the rest of his Knicks career was cut short by injuries. He missed 19 games in 2011-12 and 53 more the following season. After quick stops for the Dallas Mavericks and Miami Heat, Stoudemire finished his career by signing a one-day contract with the Knicks in 2016 before retiring.