Amare Stoudemire, former power forward for the Phoenix Suns, agreed to a 5-year $1 million deal with the New York Knicks on Monday, July 5, 2010.
It is reported that LeBron James wanted the Cleveland Cavaliers to acquire Amare Stoudemire last February at the trading deadline. The Knicks are pursuing LeBron James and hope that signing Amare Stoudemire will give them a leg up in the competition to score LeBron James.
“The fact that Amare really wanted to come here and stepped up front, it got to the point that we had to acknowledge that,” Knicks team president Donnie Walsh said. “That means something to us.”
“I feel great, really, about being a pioneer,” said Stoudemire, who said he had spoken with James several times recently. “I think he feels great about it. It’s a situation where no one wanted to make that first move, and I felt confident enough to take that first step, and hopefully now we can bring in a few guys to join us.”
“I’m definitely going to reach out to him again and see if we can get him to come. I really have no reading on which way he is leaning at all, but again, he’s totally open right now, he hasn’t made a decision yet, and hopefully I can get him to choose us,” Stoudemire said.
Amare Stoudemire, who has played his entire NBA career with the Phoenix Suns, will be reunited with former Phoenix Suns coach Mike D’Antoni in New York.
“If somebody wants a real good basketball player to play with and win a title … this could help get the dominoes falling,” D’Antoni said, speaking of Stoudemire.