Originally posted on ZagsBlog.com:

The Knicks tried in February to deal Amar’e Stoudemire to the Raptors for Andrea Bargnani, according to a report in today’s New York Times.

Knicks owner Jim Dolan vetoed the idea before it ever got to the Raptors, who would not have made the deal anyway, the Times reported.

The Knicks before that tried to package Stoudemire and center Tyson Chandler to the Orlando Magic in an attempt to land Dwight Howard, the Times also reported.

The paper quoted a league executive who said that Stoudemire was available this summer to nearly every team in the league “for free.”

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