It’s not really been 24 hours since the New York Knicks announced they’d parted ways with Amar’e Stoudemire, but that didn’t stop the big man from choosing his next destination quickly.
Stoudemire has reportedly consented to sign with the Dallas Mavericks for the rest of the season. The thought of pairing up with Dirk Nowitzki turned out to be the difference maker, and the fact that he will probably receive a lot of playing time after the Mavericks essentially traded their entire bench to obtain Rajon Rondo in an offer earlier this season.
Tom Sells of sportsdiary365.com writes “Wish to see him play well again; if they can provide them with 10 points, 6 rebounds, and give consistent effort on defense during likely 20 min. a casino game, this will be a good grab for the Mavs.”
For the summer season, Stoudemire happens to be averaging 12.0 PPG and 6.8 RPG on 54 percent shooting from the field. While he’s been slowed up considerably because of knee injuries over the years, in the best situation and used in limited minutes, Stoudemire is going to be a big contributor. The fact he is willing in the future off the bench if needed is just a huge plus, being that Nowitzki and Tyson Chandler won a championship together back 2011.
And speaking of championships, this is actually a move ahead Stoudemire’s part to create a run at a championship . He goes from being on the worst team in the NBA to now getting the opportunity to play for an important contender out in the Western Conference. It won’t be easy considering how competitive the West is right now. However, while the San Antonio Spurs showed last season, when you yourself have a great system and depth in your bench, you can still win titles in this league.
“Everything relating to this makes the Mavs better. At the worst, he’s a much better rebounding if slightly-less-high-flying version of Brandan Wright. At best, he really can spell Tyson Chandler on the defensive end and help clean the glass when they’re both on the floor. What a steal for Dallas for the vet min.”