Amar’e Stoudemire isn’t emotional about the possibility that tonight could be his last home game in a Knicks uniform, telling Ian Begley of ESPNNewYork.com, “I haven’t thought about that at all.” (Twitter link). Stoudemire, 32, is considering a buyout and is expected to make a decision during the All-Star break. He is in the last season of a five-year, $99.7MM contract and is making more than $23.4MM this season.
There’s more regarding Stoudemire and the Knicks:
- A buyout would have benefits for the team and for Stoudemire, Begley writes in a separate piece. It would cut the Knicks’ luxury tax bill, which currently stands at $6.4MM, and open a roster spot for a younger player such as Orlando Sanchez or Thanasis Antetokounmpo from the Knicks’ D-League affiliate in Westchester. A buyout would allow Stoudemire to leave the last-place Knicks to play for a contender, with the Mavericks rumored to be the front-runner if he hits the open market. But the Warriors could be in the running because of Stoudemire’s ties to head coach Steve Kerr and assistant Alvin Gentry from their days in Phoenix, reports Frank Isola of The New York Daily News (Twitter link).
- Langston Galloway believes he made the right decision to pass up offers in Europe for a chance to prove himself in the D-League, according to Joel Brigham of Basketball Insiders. After going undrafted out of St. Joseph’s, Galloway received what he called “significant” offers to play in Italy, Germany and Spain. “But I talked to my agent and my parents and I thought the best decision was to stay and try and develop in the D-League,” Galloway said. “Even though it’s not a prestigious league, I knew I could build on my game every day. Westchester gave me the opportunity.”
- While Knicks fans have been frustrated by all the losing this season, they are in a much better position for the future than the cross-town Nets, writes Marc Berman of The New York Post. Brooklyn, he notes, will have no cap room this summer and will almost certainly be exchanging its draft pick with the Hawks, who could have the 30th overall choice. The Knicks, tied for first in Hoops Rumors’ latest Reverse Standings, are in the running for the top pick and Duke phenom Jahlil Okafor, and will have cap room to chase Kevin Durant in 2016.