Suns sign-and-trade Amar`e Stoudemire to Knicks

The Phoenix Suns today completed a sign-and-trade deal with the New York Knicks that will send free-agent forward Amar’e Stoudemire to New York.  The trade gives Phoenix a trade exception for its use in future dealings within one calendar year as well as other consideration.

Selected by the Suns with the ninth overall pick in the 2002 NBA Draft, Stoudemire played the first eight seasons of his career with Phoenix.  The 27-year-old forward was a five-time NBA All-Star while with the Suns (2005, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010), a First Team All-NBA selection in 2007 and three-time Second Team All-NBA pick (2005, 2008, 2010).  The 2003 NBA Rookie of the Year, Stoudemire averaged 21.4 points and 8.9 rebounds in 516 career games with the Suns.