The Mavs remain the front-runners for Amar’e Stoudemire, who clears waivers Wednesday, in part because of the strong relationships that owner Mark Cuban and coach Rick Carlisle have with the big man’s agents at Relativity Sports, sources tell Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports. The presence of Dirk Nowitzki helps, too, as a source indicates to Ken Berger of CBSSports.com (Twitter link). The Clippers and others hope to speak with Stoudemire today, but most executives monitoring him believe he’s destined for the Mavs, Wojnarowski hears. Here’s more on the former All-Star in the wake of New York’s parting with its marquee addition from the much-anticipated summer of 2010:
- Berger hears the Grizzlies are interested in Stoudemire (Twitter link), which conflicts with an earlier report that Memphis wasn’t pushing to sign him. In any case, Berger reiterates that the Mavs are in front.
- Stoudemire relinquished close to $2MM of this season’s nearly salary $23.411MM salary in the buyout from the Knicks, a source told Marc J. Spears of Yahoo! Sports (Twitter link). That means the Knicks also stand to reap nearly another $3MM in tax savings on Stoudemire’s giveback.
- Carmelo Anthony lamented losing Stoudemire, “one of the main reasons why I’m a New York Knick today” as a teammate, but ‘Melo also said he supports the big man’s endeavor to chase a championship elsewhere, as Nick Powell of NJ.com details.
- Knicks owner James Dolan has reason to be bitter after Stoudemire failed to live up to their nearly $99.744MM deal, but the owner instead remains close to the big man and believes Stoudemire restored credibility to the franchise, writes Marc Berman of the New York Post.