Knicks, Forward Amar’e Stoudemire reach a buyout agreement

By Anthony Caruso III on February 15, 2015, 11:36 PM EST

Just minutes after the 2015 All-Star game ended at Madison Square Garden, word began to link that a New York Knick will no longer call the mecca of basketball home. Amar’e Stoudemire is now a free agent.

The power forward has spent four-plus seasons playing at the Garden. The Dallas Mavericks, Golden State Warriors, and the San Antonio Spurs are the favorites to sign him.

Amar'e Stoudemire (Getty Images)

Amar’e Stoudemire (Getty Images)

The buyout was reached prior to the tip-off of All-Star game. He could be in a new uniform once the league schedule resumes on Thursday.

Stoudemire could reunite with Steve Kerr, who was the GM of the Suns when he was in his final season. Alvin Gentry is an assistant coach for the Warriors, as well, who was his head coach in the Desert.

But there’s speculation that he may not get along with David Lee, who the Knicks used the money to sign Stoudemire once Lee signed with Golden State.

Stoudemire was just months away from the five-year, $100 million contract he signed in the summer of 2010 with the Knicks. He was brought in to help the team get to the postseason, but went just 2-7 in those games.

He has just appeared in 177 games over the past four years after appearing in 78 games his first year. He averaged 25.3 during his first year, but never saw those numbers again with injuries.

He had a $23.4 million salary, so it is not known how much the buyout is. This season he’s averaging 12 points, 6.81 rebounds, and 1.03 assists.

Prior to coming to New York, he was a member of the Phoenix Suns from 2002 through 2009.

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