This past summer, the Knicks offered Stoudemire to nearly every team in the league — “available for free,” as one rival executive put it. But they found no takers because of his diminished production, his health and his contract, which has three years and $65 million remaining (counting this season) and which is uninsured against a career-ending knee injury.
In February, the Knicks wanted to send Stoudemire to Toronto in a deal for Andrea Bargnani, a person briefed on the discussion said. But the proposal was vetoed by James L. Dolan, the Garden chairman, before it ever reached the Raptors (who would not have made the deal anyway, team officials there said).
Full articleThe Knicks have been inept with Anthony and Stoudemire in the lineup, going 30-36 over parts of two seasons and 1-7 in the playoffs. Advanced metrics show the Knicks are demonstrably worse — both offensively and defensively — when the two share the court.
Optimists contend that with Kidd and Raymond Felton running the offense, the Anthony-Stoudemire experiment could be saved. The repeated attempts to dump Stoudemire suggest that team officials do not share that confidence.
This is going to be interesting. I don't remember the exact argument Dre and I were having a few months ago, but this seems to back up my side. I really can't see it working. His attempts at offense would clutter them up, and he's not going to score unless they force it through him. If he's not scoring, he's a net-negative for the team and keeps them from having that extra shooter out there.
Not sure about this, though:
It makes it seem like he nobly chose the Knicks to pioneer a path to breathe life into the franchise again. No. They were the only team willing to give him that absurd contract, and now it's creating an ugly situation. In the end, that contract did get them Melo, so in the end they'll take the move, but I reject the notion that Stoudemire deserves better for making any sort of proverbial sacrifice. He went to the money, and he'll keep that money.It is a cruel crossroads for Stoudemire, one he never could have foreseen. He surely deserves a better fate.
Stoudemire was the one who planted his flag in New York in the summer of 2010, after every other star had rejected the Knicks. (He was in fact their sixth choice, after LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh, Rudy Gay and Joe Johnson, a person involved in the discussion said.) His arrival made the franchise respectable again, paving the way for Anthony, Chandler and Kidd.