New York Knicks President Phil Jackson announced today that the team has waived forward Amar’e Stoudemire.
“Amar’e’s period as a Knickerbocker has come to pass, at his request. His time here should be marked by recognizing his effort – it was 100-percent,” Jackson said. “As we move forward in structuring this team, we will look for players that exhibit his desire to win.”
According to the New York Daily News, “the Knicks and Stoudemire reached agreement on an undisclosed buyout on the remainder of the veteran big man’s $23.4 million salary for this season to give him a chance to catch on with a playoff contender.
Stoudemire, 6-10, 245-pounds, finished his Knicks career averaging 17.3 points and 6.7 rebounds in 255 games over five seasons, while making three consecutive NBA Playoff appearances from 2011-13. His 4,411 total regular-season points ranks him 36th all-time. In 2011, Stoudemire represented New York at the NBA All-Star Game, becoming the first Knicks player to be named a starter for the Eastern Conference in 14 years, scoring 29 points.
“Everyone here at the Knicks organization appreciates the contribution Amar’e has made to the team and the entire City of New York over the past five seasons,” Knicks General Manager Steve Mills said. “We have developed a relationship that has translated into a long-term friendship, and it will continue through the remainder of his NBA career, and beyond.”
“I feel truly blessed to have been able to play for the incredible New York fans, Mr. Dolan, my coaches, teammates and the entire Knicks organization for the past five years,” Stoudemire said. “I will be forever grateful for the opportunity to contribute positively on the court and in the community. Although I leave the Knicks with a heavy heart, I wish the organization the best of luck. Once a Knick always a Knick.”
According to the New York Post, “the Knicks have a roster spot open to sign a D-League player, a free agent or use on a player they acquire to fill their trade exceptions gained in the January trade with the Cavaliers and Thunder. Second-round pick Thanasis Antetkoumnpo, the Greek swingman who has played well for the Westchester affiliate in the D-League, could be a candidate, though he still is viewed as a project.”