The New York Knicks have offered Amare Stoudemire a five-year, max contract deal that he may well accept.
The framework of the deal is in place but the details still need to be hammered out, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo. Still, that could happen by the end of the day.
The move could reunite Stoudemire and coach Mike D’Antoni and his seven-seconds-or-less offense. Stoudemire flourished in that offense (when Steve Nash was feeding him the ball) but the two clashed at times. There were rumors both Stoudemire and D’Antoni did not really want to work together again, although publicly it was all puppy dogs and rainbows and love between the two.
This comes after Stoudemire turned down the last offer from the Suns — three years max with the fourth and fifth years guaranteed based on minutes played in the previous years.
The Knicks had wanted to use a signing like Stoudemire to help pitch LeBron James yesterday as a place that he could win on the court, not just make a lot of money. Because in reality, those two things are tied together.
Mario Hezonja, the No. 5 pick in this year’s draft, has never lacked for confidence. The Croatian guard made his pro debut in the Magic’s preseason game against the Hornets on Saturday and did this:
Between Hezonja, Elfrid Payton, Victor Oladipo and Aaron Gordon, the Magic have a nucleus of young players that has the potential to be a lot of fun. Even if they’re still a few years away from contending, they’re definitely going to be a League Pass favorite this year.
Preseason is only just getting underway and there’s already a potentially serious injury to report. In the game between the Hornets and Magic on Saturday night, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist was taken to the locker room after suffering a right shoulder injury. The Hornets announced that he was then taken to an Orlando-area hospital for follow-up x-rays:
A few hours after the game, the Hornets announced that Kidd-Gilchrist has a dislocated shoulder:
Depending on the severity of the injury, he could miss a few weeks or a few months. Hopefully, it’s the shorter end of that timeline. We should know more on Sunday.