Last month while the New York Knicks were in the middle of their major roster overhaul; part of which sent Tyson Chandler and Raymond Felton along with their contracts to the Dallas Mavericks, there was talk of another deal possibly heating up.
There were rumblings of a deal centering around the Knicks sending Amar'e Stoudemire and Iman Shumpert to the Philadelphia 76ers, shedding Stoudemire's $23 million contract, which is in the final year of the deal that he signed with the Knicks back in the summer of 2010. The deal never went through though, as Stoudemire and Shumpert both remain Knicks for the time being.
That could change though this season, as talks are starting up again that involve Stoudemire possibly being dealt to Philadelphia in the season and the reason the 76ers may be open, or even all for the deal is because of the NBA salary cap rules, as per Charles Curtis of NJ.com:
"The Sixers are under the minimum ($56.759 million) at $39.988M in salaries. But as Kyler wrote, NBA
teams are required to meet the minimum by the end of the season, though the penalty for not reaching it is paying their current players the remaining cash: "What’s far more likely is that the long rumored Amar’e Stoudemire to Philadelphia deal gets done at the deadline. The Sixers take on Stoudemire’s $23 million salary cap number, which pushes them way over the minimum. They would only owe him roughly 30 percent of his remaining contract, so they’d end up paying him $7 million in cash and likely extract a draft pick or a rookie scale player for their troubles Flexibility in the NBA
is currency – both figuratively and literally. The 76ers will likely meet the floor; they just are not incentivized in any way to do it before the trade deadline."
It's not clear if Shumpert would still have to be included in the deal, but it certainly seems like Stoudemire's contract would help the 76ers push themselves over the minimum salary number, which is $56 million and they are currently at $39 million.
Stoudemire, who will turn 32 in November, signed a five-year, $99.7 million deal on July 5, 2010, has been injury-plagued ever since his first season for the Knicks in 2010-2011; playing in 47, 29 and 65 games in each of the last three seasons.
In his last season with the Knicks where he played 65 games, Stoudemire had just 11.9 points per game. 4.9 rebounds per game and played in 22.6 minutes per game, which are way down from his career averages of 20.4 points per game and 8.9 rebounds with 33 minutes per game.
In his first and really only productive season with the Knicks when he was still considered a top forward/center in the game, Stoudemire had 25.3 points per game with 8.2 rebounds and played in 36.8 minutes.
If Stoudemire isn't traded before the season starts, he is expected to be penciled in as the starting center in the lineup, although with the new regime of Phil Jackson and Derek Fisher taking over in New York
, that can certainly change in a hurry for the man known as "STAT."
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