The New York Knicks are trying to move power forward Amar’e Stoudemire and the $23.4 million he’s due next season. File this under: of course they’re going to try, but who’s actually going to take him?
According to a report, a team that might consider it would be the Philadelphia 76ers, who are in the midst of a full scale rebuild and have space under the cap to absorb such a contract for next season.
The Sixers are not going to do their division rival a favor without a price. It is believed they’ve asked for either Iman Shumpert or Tim Hardaway Jr. in any deal that involves taking on Stoudemire. For the Knicks, this would open up cap space for them to pursue a player like Pau Gasol, who has drawn significant interest and if he chooses so, can likely get a deal worth up to $12 million annually.
It’s unclear whether Phil Jackson would be willing to part with one of his younger players in order to get rid of Stoudemire’s contract. All of this, of course, is contingent on Carmelo Anthony returning to the Knicks, which could then entice Gasol to make the move to New York.
So for now — as with everything in free agency until LeBron and ‘Melo make their decisions — we’re in a holding pattern.
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