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Free-Agent Buzz (UPDATE)

Posted on: July 2, 2010 4:59 pm
Edited on: July 2, 2010 11:30 pm

Amar'e Stoudemire will arrive in New York Saturday with "broad agreement" on the Knicks' five-year, nearly $100 million proposal, a person with knowledge of the deal said.

Stoudemire's agent, Happy Walters, broke off talks with the Suns Friday, almost certainly ending his eight-year tenure there. Stoudemire rejected a five-year offer from Phoenix that wasn't fully guaranteed in the final season with a clause that included playing-time incentives, according to the Arizona Republic .

After the Stoudemire talks broke down, the Suns agreed to terms with power forward Hakim Warrick on a four-year, $18 million deal. To consummate that contract on July 8, the Suns will have to renounce their rights to Stoudemire, meaning he couldn't be signed and traded at that point.

While a deal with the Knicks is preferable to the incentive-laden contract Phoenix was offering, there are concerns on both sides that will have to be addressed this weekend. Stoudemire, like other second-tier free agents, is worried about being the only superstar to come to New York, where fans have been speculating for two years that LeBron James would wind up in a Knicks jersey. Stoudemire was said to have spent Friday trying to recruit a fellow All-Star to join him, with the most likely targets being the Hawks' Joe Johnson and the Spurs' Tony Parker.

As for the Knicks, Stoudemire's knees and eye will be subject to thorough exams by the team's medical staff. Reports have indicated that Stoudemire's contract will not be insurable due to his injury history.

Warrick, who averaged 9.6 points and 4.1 rebounds in 76 games last season with the Bulls and Bucks, was among the surprise deals of free agency thus far. "Mindboggling," one rival executive called it. "He played for $3 million last season and the Bucks couldn't wait to get rid of him."


Point guard Steve Blake agreed to a four-year, $16 million deal with the Lakers, insurance in case free agent Derek Fisher leaves, a person with knowledge of the agreement said. The Blake signing probably takes the Lakers out of th running for sharpshooter Mike Miller, but not entirely, the source said.  When deals become official July 8, the Lakers would have the option to work out a sign-and-trade with the Clippers for Blake and still give their mid-level exception to Miller. That scenario, however, appears unlikely. Miller also has attracted significant interest from the Knicks and several other teams.

The Blazers, Knicks, Bulls and Clippers have expressed interest in Spurs free-agent guard Roger Mason, while the Jazz, Nuggets, Bobcats, Knicks and Heat are pursuing Suns free-agent forward Louis Amundson, sources say.

John Salmons' five-year, $40 million agreement to return to the Bucks was finalized Friday, pending the official paperwork after the moratorium on player movement is lifted on July 8, a person with knowledge of the deal confirmed to


Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: July 3, 2010 2:31 am

Free-Agent Buzz (UPDATE)

Amar'e is great - when he has Steve Nash giving him easy dunks.
Like a lot of players who want to "be the man" (Marion anyone?) they find out after leaving Phx that life was easy with Nash giving them layups and dunks.  Amar'e is not worth anywhere near what some team will over pay him.
The Knicks aren't getting LeBron, only delusional Knicks fans even believe that is possible, and now they just tried to make a deal and pay about twice what they should for Amar'e.  Hey Knicks, you already have a great power forward!  David Lee!  Hello!
When free agency is over with, most of the stars will stay with their current teams because to get a "max" deal with someone besides your current team costs you over $30 million dollars.

Since: May 24, 2010
Posted on: July 3, 2010 2:03 am

Free-Agent Buzz (UPDATE)

He lost me when he called Amar'e a Superstar at the beginning of the article.

That being said I felt the Knicks would get him because I felt they would be the only one's willing to overpay and feed his ego.

Upgrade of their previous PF, perhaps not but it all depends on what else they come up with.  If this is all they come up with then they had better try to get in on that Carmello Anthony action because Knicks fan...

After all you have had to go through with Isaiah and the last two years of capping clearing I am sure you expected more than a guy who in his own mind is better than Lebron but in the eyes of most, not a max contract guy.

So, if this goes through, let's see what else they can come up with!

Since: Dec 2, 2007
Posted on: July 3, 2010 1:52 am

Free-Agent Buzz (UPDATE)


Since: May 1, 2009
Posted on: July 3, 2010 1:27 am

Free-Agent Buzz (UPDATE)

At least the Knicks are making an effort to improve their team. Give credit for Donnie Walsh for landing at least one big player so far. If they can land another All-Star, then this off-season should be considered a success for them.

Since: Jul 1, 2010
Posted on: July 3, 2010 12:59 am

Free-Agent Buzz (UPDATE)

If the Knicks do this, they will solidify their reputations as complete tools. This guy had microfracture knee surgery. This is a surgery that MUST be revised in the next 2-3 years. This is why Phoenix said adios to this guy, and why the Knicks will suck for the next decade.

Since: Aug 19, 2006
Posted on: July 3, 2010 12:35 am

Free-Agent Buzz (UPDATE)

please stop with the knick bashing.....amare is a guys were he ones saying he knicks wouldnt ge anybody

Since: Dec 29, 2006
Posted on: July 3, 2010 12:21 am

Free-Agent Buzz (UPDATE)

this is yet another blunder by the KNICKS if they do this mill for this guy lebron will get 200 then and how bout wade who has actually won a championship?? 300 to go KNICKS welcome to the lottery again oh wait all ur picks belong to others..whats next 100 mill for joe johnson...?

Since: Dec 15, 2006
Posted on: July 2, 2010 11:40 pm

Free-Agent Buzz (UPDATE)

Take it from a Suns fan, Stoudemire can bring a lot, and do a lot, but not on his own. He simply doesn't deserve a huge contract like that.

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