Amar'e Stoudemire signed with the Dallas Mavericks last week, but he has not ruled out a return to the Phoenix Suns as a free agent this summer. Stoudemire, 32, played the first eight seasons of his career with the Suns after being the No. 9 pick in the 2002 draft. He left in 2010 when he signed a five-year, $100 million contract with the New York Knicks.
Stoudemire, 32, played the first eight seasons of his career with the Suns after being the No. 9 pick in the 2002 draft. He left in 2010 when he signed a five-year, $100 million contract with the New York Knicks. The Knicks bought out his contract last week.
Stoudemire has battled injuries since leaving the Suns, and Beck reports he will consider the Suns during free agency.
Could an Amar’e Stoudemire-Phoenix reunion be next? Perhaps. Stoudemire joined the Dallas Mavericks last week after being waived by the Knicks, but he’ll be a free agent again in July, and sources say he would welcome a return to Phoenix, where he spent his first eight seasons. Stoudemire loves the city, and his creaky knees could benefit from a reunion with the Suns’ renowned medical staff.
In 36 games with the Knicks this season, Stoudemire averaged 12.0 points and 7.8 rebounds. In two games with the Mavericks, he has averaged 10.0 points and 3.0 rebounds.
Phoenix's frontcourt rotation consists of Alex Len, Markieff Morris, Marcus Morris and Brandan Wright, who will be a free agent this summer. The Suns are 31-28 and the No. 10 seed in the Western Conference.
- Jack Jorgensen