Knicks Land Amare; Who’s Next?


Amare Stoudemire Knicks

In an off-season where most of the major free agents have stayed home so far, Amare Stoudemire and the Knicks agreed on a five-year, $100 million deal.  New York has landed one of the top tier players available, but who will be joining Stoudemire in the Big Apple?

By: David Kay

If this is the only major free agent signing off the off-season for the Knicks, consider it a massive fail. Dream scenario A was landing LeBron and Bosh. The realistic fallback plan B was settling for Amare and Joe Johnson. That puts getting just Amare as a distant plan C, probably even worse. New York will be spending $100 million on a guy who was not even the best player on his team the past several seasons and in no way can carry a franchise to the promise land. To mortgage your future the past couple years and pretty much sacrifice any chance of putting a winning product on the floor, have high hopes heading into this off-season, and then ending up with only Amare… that has to be an absolute slap in the face to all invested in this franchise.

Now, there is still the slim chance of ‘Bron joining Amare in the Big Apple. If that happens, the Amare signing was well worth the $100 million and so was destroying your roster and trading away numerous first round draft picks. But if the expected scenario plays out where LeBron stays in Cleveland, Wade and Bosh go to Miami or Chicago, what is the next move for the Knicks? Re-sign David Lee? Pray the Spurs give you Tony Parker? Deal for Monta Ellis? Panic and throw a bunch of money at Ray Allen and Raymond Felton? Or (GASP) bring in Gilbert Arenas?

Anything less than LeBron or Wade was going to be a letdown for the Knicks. Having Amare as your alpha dog heading into the 2010-2011 season doesn’t guarantee you anything especially when your team still needs a center, starting backcourt, and depth at every position. So it’s too early to really determine the impact of this signing until the next domino falls for New York. But as of now, I wouldn’t be too psyched if I was a Knicks’ fan.

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  1. paulmbanks says

    It’s funny how all the signs so far have been for mucho dinero. or at least MORE money than people expected, I would figure that all these FAs being available, therefore increasing supply would drive prices down.

    But then again, with so many staying home, now those resources are getting scarce, so Lebron, Bosh, Wade etc. will be priced HIGH.

  2. Patrick Herbert says

    They must have paid him so much because of the cost of living increase from Phoenix to NYC. He’s in an empire state of mind.

  3. paulmbanks says

    concrete jungle that dreams are made of. there’s nothing you can’t do, now you’re in new york, these lights will inspire you…..Herbs, good to hear from you again, I’ve noticed you’ve been on the comment threads more lately. You can comment anywhere in whole world wide web, but you’re here with us, we appreciate that.

    Yes I did just paraphrase the intro to H to the Izzo (H.O.V.A.)

  4. That man looks like a million bucks:

    He signed a contract for 100 million bucks.

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