Report: Amar’e Stoudemire to decline ETO, stay with Knicks

Keith Schlosser, Lead Writer

Amid speculation that Carmelo Anthony will reportedly opt out of his current contract with the Knicks, Amar’e Stoudemire is expected to opt in, so to speak, by declining his early termination option for next season. He’ll earn $23.4 million. (Comcast Sportsnet, June 15). 

Such a decision doesn’t come as a surprise, as this is a good business move for Stoudemire. He’ll continue to reap the benefits of the five year, $100 million contract he signed with New York in the summer of 2010.

Carmelo Anthony,  Amar'e Stoudemire

On the basketball side, the union between Stoudemire and the Knicks hasn’t been quite the fairytale some may have expected  it to be when the man otherwise known as STAT came to the Big Apple. He’s had to fight off continuous injuries, and his play has subsequently suffered because of it in recent years.

Still, when utilized properly last season, the big man made himself useful while serving as an offensive spark off the bench. He averaged 11.9 points and 4.9 rebounds in just 22.6 minutes through 65 games (his most played in the last three seasons).

As the Knicks look for different solutions in an effort to ignite the offense a bit more this coming season, don’t be surprised if Stoudemire happens to thrive while playing a role in the triangle. A man of many offensive talents, he can shoot the jumper, post up with his back to the basket, or even attack opposing defenders head-on while driving to the hole.

Though his minutes may still need to be monitored to avoid further injury or general wear and tear on his body, Stoudemire could still build on last season’s success to become a nice offensive complement yet again.




99 comments
chudogz1
chudogz1

It's great how Stat averages 11.9 points and has the worst contract in the league yet Melo takes the blame... People need to pull their own heads out if their own anus' and face reality... Stat sucks, BarnBoy is worse, Tyson never learned one offensive move his whole career and Felton should try herbal-life!!! Besides that, our ball boy has more bball IQ than WoodRow.... Good Night

McGeorge
McGeorge

Start the rebuilding, after next year the high salaries are gone and we can  get back to normal.

chuco
chuco

Stat all about that money he not helping the knicks anyone with bad knees who have a chance to make 23mill woudnt use the eto

whizz17
whizz17

Melo needs to get with a team with a few other superstars to win a championship. That should tell you all you need to know about the kind of player he is.... If he was a championship type player he would make those around him better players. The Knicks gutted the team a few years ago to get Melo on the Knicks, where he wanted to be. Now he wants to leave, let him go and build a team of players that can win together like the Spurs are doing.

theking
theking

If Lin had the heart of Beverly he would be a decent pg but he is a softie who is always injured around playoffs

blackwood1
blackwood1

Wow I all these years of nothing from amare & still cats get on here to defend this insane bust of a contract & signing.....yet have the balls to crap on Melo who actually earns his money. Scoring titles, playoffs & games for the ages from Melo but he's the bum & amare is the hero?? lol you cant make this $h!t up lol.

manchu
manchu

I honestly don't get the popularity of trading Melo to the Bulls. If youre a Melo fan then yes you should love it, but if youre a knick fan why in the world do you want a player as talented as Melo in a division where he can sink the Knicks in a playoff setting. Im not too anxious to see him drop 35 plus against the Knicks and have him, Rose and Noah celebrate while we get sent home. Trade him to Houston or something.

mike23
mike23

too bad he isn't going to do the knicks a favor after taking so much money for very little, i'm sure most would appreciate it if he decided to opt out. Of course there is no way that would ever happen (turning down that much $$) but he hasn't earned it. 

theking
theking

call 911 , amare robbed the knicks of a 100 million dollars

chudogz1
chudogz1

@Jaime. Don't waste you're time.. These morons BOW down to Stat because he always gets injured, but talks the best game in the NBA, and then comes back for another month.. The clown averages 10.9 points and has the worst contract in the league, by a land slide... These people wear the blinders horses wear in Aqueduct!!!

rico
rico

@Gee Daniels but Melo is going to wait to see if teams can jettison salaries and players to sign him, so it could take time, which will be painful.  I promise you this ain't going to be "you're in or you're out".  It doesn't go that way and it won't.



chudogz1
chudogz1

@whizz17 please te me the last star that won a championship by himself.... I'll be waiting for you to get back to me, whether on this post or another... I'm NOT holding my breath.... And I highly doubt LeFlop could make any of these scrubs better. Fatty couldn't throw a rock in the ocean all year, ranked 35 out of the starting pgs when there is less teams then that in the league... FOH

theking
theking

@whizz17  just like how LeBron makes everyone around him better yet he need wade bosh and allen? ok

Knicks_Fanatic
Knicks_Fanatic

Beverly averaged only 1.8 assists per game in the playoffs. If he were a Knick, he would get killed here.

knickfan2
knickfan2

TKB is like the Twilight Zone.

Mel Brown
Mel Brown

@Gee Daniels blame that on two things;


1. he has no other star to share the offensive load with

2. Woodson's scheme.


Don't blame Melo

theking
theking

Lmaooo if u think amare is better then melo u have no hope young sir. 8 boards for a true pf is pathetic but ok

rico
rico

@mike23 they say you get a contract based on what you did in the past and hope you will continue to be that good in the future.  Amare got his tract based on what he did with the Suns. It was a risk but the Knicks felt they had to take a risk, they also thought they were going to have a big 3 that included Paul.  It was a bad contract, just like Marbury, Eddie Curry, Allan Houston, all of those guys clogged the cap and held the team back. 


Can't expect Amare to walk away from his contract, though if he and Bargs decided they wanted to explore other opportunities I would not be displeased/

knicksgirl35
knicksgirl35

@mike23 That's my main problem with him. He hasn't earned $100,000,000.00. Not the least bit. It's crazy when you actually think about it!

VerySilentJay
VerySilentJay

@theking Magoo made that contract out of desperation after his 3 year plan crumbled atrociously.

It's not on Amare that he accepted a ludicrous contract.

whizz17
whizz17

@chudogz Yes, Melo has Chandler (Already One a Championship), Smith (6th Man of the year winner) , Shumpert, Hardaway (Top Rookie), Stat, Prigioni, Felton, Kenyon Martin. They play in the WEAK Eastern Conf and Melo can not make these guys good enough to even make the playoffs??? You telling me Jordan or Durrant or even Lebron couldnt even get this team in the playoffs??? You should hold your breath because he stinks!!

theking
theking

@Knicks_Fanatic  he was a lock down defender that took the challenge of guarding westbrook .... did lin?

knickfan2
knickfan2

Gee Daniels, let's not forget the game 2, 42 pt/ 17 reb performance against the C's while Billups and Stat were nursing injuries and our starting backcourt was Tony Douglas and Landry Fields.

Let's not forget Chandler having the flu, Shump & Davis tearing their act's in the same series, Stat boxing fire extinguishers, while Melo was left to face the Heat. Let's not forget Line sitting out of that series because he was only 85%.

Let's not forget that Melo played the last 3 months of the season (including the playoffs) last year with a torn muscle in his shoulder, while JR got suspended, Chandler had the flu again, Woodson was clueless, Kidd was uselss, etc. And what did Melo do? He dropped 30th / 7 rebs in a memorable game 6 against Indy.

Melo has been completely unappreciated by this fan base and NY media. I wouldn't blame him for leaving. The times we've made the playoffs with Melo, other Knocks have always left him high & dry. And you're seriously blaming Melo?

theking
theking

@Gee Daniels @theking  im not. its the truth


amare made 22 million last year and averaged 12 ppg and 5 boards ....


and you call him a very good player?

theking
theking

@knickfan2  its the melo hate ... lin scores 15 points he is a king melo could score or average 30 and he would be called a bum

knickfan2
knickfan2

Please forgive the grammatical errors. I'm typing from a new smart phone and the spell check is "correcting" things that don't need correcting such as names and numbers.

theking
theking

@knicksgirl35 @theking  lol for real tho. and he thinks im trying to start something no ... im just point out facts. amare gets paid more then melo yet has no pressure on him and doesn't get criticism. we play better when he is hurt and could have had gasol and rondo for what we are paying stat ...


very good player he said ..

Mel Brown
Mel Brown

@Gee Daniels I'd prefer that he stays in NYC and recruit another star to help him. Like Durant, and Lebron have.  Then we can talk.   

theking
theking

The same Felton who was almost an Allstar before the trade and had amare looking decent? Not that Felton right?

theking
theking

Amare is man enough? Lmaooo dude he opted in because he will never get 23 mill again if he had toughness he would opt out and take a paycut of his true worth dumbass

theking
theking

Lmaoooooo the mental toughness to get hurt and never evolve his game? Lmaooo I'm out this dude is a dummy

theking
theking

We know you will take Lin over anybody lml Lin is better then lebron and jordan hahahahaha fvckin groupie

theking
theking

Ok is stat worth that contract yes or no. If u say no u agreed with me if you say yes then u are truly as dumb as most here think

theking
theking

You got Lin man juice on your lips go wipe your mouth