Amar'e Stoudemire joins Mavericks
Amar'e Stoudemire has joined the Dallas Mavericks, the team announced on Wednesday.
Stoudemire, 32, was in the final season of a five-year contract with the Knicks and had a $23.4 million salary. After averaging 25.3 points during his first year in New York in 2011, knee and back injuries have limited Stoudemire during the last four seasons.
In 26 games this season, Stoudemire has averaged 12 points and 6.8 rebounds while shooting 54.3 percent from the field.
Dallas has reportedly been looking to add a big man since trading center Brandan Wright for point guard Rajon Rondo in December. According to ESPN's Marc Stein, the Mavericks are also the favorites to sign veteran center Jermaine O'Neal.
The Mavericks have won six of their last eight games and are 36-19 on the season. They are currently the No. 5 seed in the Western Conference.
Dallas plays its first game following the All-Star Game on Thursday against the Oklahoma City Thunder.
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