NBA Free Agency: Amar’e Stoudemire, New York Knicks Agree To Five-Year Deal

July 5th, 2010 by Shady Botros Leave a reply »
While Amar'e Stoudemire agreed on a contract worth five years and nearly $100 million with the New York Knicks, many of the other top free agents still remain unsigned, weighing their options for what might be the biggest decision of their careers.

LeBron James, the biggest name in this free agent class, is the Knicks' top priority, and the Stoudemire signing may be the final domino that sways the king.

The big apple might be his next destination.

Stoudemire now becomes the first of the top tier free agents to switch teams. With the signing, the Knicks hope that they now have the pieces in place to convince James that they can win now.

With the Knicks' core of Stoudemire, James, Gallinari, Wilson Chandler, and possibly another free agent if the they can get creative, New York can contend in the East.

That is not a far cry at all, considering that we may be seeing a shift of powers in the East. Boston’s future is seriously in doubt, even if the roster remains intact, and Orlando lacks a true go-to-scorer.

Stoudemire, who turns 28 in November, was looking for a team that still ...

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