We all knew it was coming, now it is official:
Amar’e Stoudemire is a Dallas Maverick.
He was bought out of the last year of his Knicks contract so he could go chase a ring (plus the Knicks should play their younger guys to
tank for a draft pick see what they’ve really got). For Dallas, they needed depth up front since trading Brandan Wright to Boston in the Rajon Rondo deal.
“I’m excited to be a part of a first-class organization,” Stoudemire said in a released statement. “To play alongside Dirk Nowitzki, Tyson Chandler and other great players, I think it’s a tremendous opportunity for me to compete for a championship.”
Stoudemire is not the high-flying athletic guy who played with the Suns, was a six-time All-Star and signed a max deal with the Knicks. Injuries have robbed us of that explosive guy.
However, Stoudemire is still good on the pick-and-roll and Dallas gets nearly 30 percent of its offense off that play (the only team that runs it more is Orlando). He can help them on the offensive end, but he’s not much of a boost on the other ends.
Still, for a veteran minimum he’s an upgrade over Greg Smith and Charlie Villanueva for the Mavs.