Stoudemire Commits To Knicks
One of the biggest names on the NBA free agent market has landed. Former Phoenix Suns forward Amare Stoudemire agreed to a five-year contract with the New York Knicks worth about $100 million. The deal will re-unite Stoudemire with his former head coach Mike D’Antoni, who coached him for five seasons in Phoenix. Per the NBA’s collective bargaining agreement, players cannot sign contracts until July 8th, so the contract can’t be finalized until then. Stoudemire decided to opt out of his contract with the Suns, for whom he had spent his entire eight-year career. He was set to make $17.7 million next season and averaged 23.1 points and 8.9 rebounds while shooting 55.7% from the field over 82 games last season.
Meantime, one member of the Knicks apparently won’t be joining Stoudemire next season. Free agent point guard Chris Duhon has reportedly agreed to terms with the Orlando Magic. Duhon’s deal is reportedly for four-years and $15 million to back up Jameer Nelson. Duhon played his first four seasons with Chicago, and spent the past two years with the Knicks. He averaged 7.4 points and 5.6 assists for New York last season and owns career averages of 7.7 points and 5.1 assists in 446 NBA games.