City Sports Report

Five Potential Landing Spots For Forward Amar’e Stoudemire

Amar'e has played his final game as a Knick. Where does he land next? (www.eurweb.com)

When Amar’e Stoudemire first arrived in New York, there was hope that he would be the reason this organization got turned around and back to success. And when he first signed that huge five-year, $99.7 million deal with the Knicks, he was playing great. He was the focal point of the team and there was hope that he could lead this team. Unfortunately, things did not work out the way he had hoped for. And after injuries and the arrival of star small forward Carmelo Anthony, it has now come time for Amar’e to leave the city he has called home since 2010. Stoudemire and the New York Knicks have agreed to a buyout that will allow him to clear waivers and potentially help another team. But what would be the best fit for him going forward? A few teams could use his services right now and with him being added, he could make a difference. Here are five that he would fit perfectly with.

 

Dallas Mavericks

Dallas was playing well when they had Brandan Wright as their backup center. But they decided to trade Wright in a package deal to Boston in order to acquire point guard Rajon Rondo. With Wright gone, the backup big men in Dallas are not ideally what they would need. Amar’e, like Wright, could play limited minutes and provide some things for them. He is not going to be quite the deterrent that Wright was at the rim for the Mavs, but he can score on the block and provide them more than they are getting from their current set of backup big men. He could also play the power forward and center positions to spell Dirk and Tyson Chandler.

 

Charlotte Hornets

The Hornets are a team that is hanging in there right now. They are fighting for that last playoff spot in the NBA’s Eastern Conference and need all the help they can get. The Hornets just traded for the services of point guard Mo Williams from the Minnesota Timberwolves due to starting point guard Kemba Walker being out injured. It’s apparent that they are trying to make the playoffs again and be somewhere in the mix in the East. With adding Amar’e, the Hornets can give him limited minutes behind starter Al Jefferson and he can also step into the power forward position as well for this team if need be. There could be good move to add a veteran big man to help bring things on the offensive end for them.

 

Cleveland Cavaliers

The Cavs had been looking for big man help ever since they lost the services of Anderson Varajao earlier this season. The trade for Timofey Mozgov was great for the Cavaliers, but they need another big man to back him up. Amar’e may not be the tallest backup to Mozgov, but he would at least provide a guy that can handle that position because of his previous experience as a center for the Phoenix Suns earlier in his career and in New York as well. And also Amar’e can shoot the jumper well enough to space the floor when LeBron is in attack mode. His addition with limited minutes is an upgrade, especially over Brendan Haywood at this point.

 

Portland Trailblazers

The Trailblazers have struggled to build depth during the tenure of head coach Terry Stotts. In fact, last season, he would routinely only go two or three deep in his bench rotation. He can run that type of rotation if he would like to, but Stotts’ team will tire out at the end of the year if he keeps punishing them the way they are currently. Stotts counts on the veterans like backup point guard Steve Blake and center Chris Kaman, so why not add another veteran they you can trust? And this one, like the other teams mentioned, there will be limited minutes available for Stoudemire. But he would more than likely be guaranteed minutes due to the trust that Stotts have in his veterns as opposed to his youngsters.

 

San Antonio Spurs

The Spurs have been the gold standard for NBA basketball. But looking over the roster of the Spurs, they need another big as a backup. Spurs fans may not like this, but behind Tim Duncan, the Spurs need someone. With them potentially adding Amar’e, that would be them adding to an already stacked team. The Spurs would have someone that would come in and be effective on the post when Amar’e is not in the game. And that would make the Spurs even that much tougher to beat come playoff time.

 

Which team do you think fits Amar’e Stoudemire well?

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2 Comments

  1. ASR

    February 16, 2015 at 7:15 am

    I think he ends up in Dallas or with SAS

  2. REGGIE

    February 16, 2015 at 12:40 pm

    I feel the Mavericks would be his Best landing spot. Amare’s Game has Always been better suited to the Style of the West Coast – which includes the Trailblazers & Spurs, but in a Role more suited for him…I also feel the Mavericks would give him more minutes in reserve of Dirk and Chandler. Of course, the Ideal destination is San Antonio – which, if I were Stoudemire n had the choice, I would go.

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