NBA Trade Rumors: Knicks Would Be Wise to Take Amar'e Stoudemire Off Trade Block

Brian Mazique@@UniqueMaziqueCorrespondent IIIDecember 23, 2012

NEW YORK, NY - MAY 06:  (L-R) J.R. Smith #8, Tyson Chandler #6, Amare Stoudemire #1 and Baron Davis #85 of the New York Knicks react in the second half against the Miami Heat in Game Four of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals in the 2012 NBA Playoffs on May 6, 2012 at Madison Square Garden in New York City. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement  (Photo by Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images)
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It's become painfully obvious the New York Knicks aren't going to be able to move A'mare Stoudemire. According to Howard Beck of the New York Times, the Knicks tried to trade Stoudemire to anyone that would take him.

They didn't get any takers, and now they are stuck with him and his contract. Stoudemire is still has three years, $65 million remaining on his deal, counting this season.

With his health issues, no team wants any part of that.

At this point, the best thing the Knicks can do is to try to turn Stoudemire into a super-reserve. He has indicated, per ESPN, that he is willing to accept a bench role.

Continuing efforts to trade him will only add distractions to what could be a very successful season in New York. 

If Stoudemire can settle in as a backup to Carmelo Anthony and Tyson Chandler, he can still provide a valuable low-post scoring option off the bench. Even through an injury-plagued 2011-2012 season, Stoudemire averaged 17.8 points per game.

If the Knicks could get 10 points per contest, and a consistent low-post threat, it would help the team.

He could essentially play some of the minutes vacated by the injured Marcus Camby (plantar fasciitis, played in only six games) per Newsday, and the recently hobbled Rasheed Wallace (stress fracture in foot, per New York Daily News.)

It isn't wise to play Stoudemire on the floor with Anthony. The Knicks have already seen over the last two seasons that mix doesn't work. But there is no reason Stoudemire can't give the bench a boost.

The organization can't worry about getting the most on their investment with Stoudemire. There is no way they can possibly get the returns they hoped for at this point. His body and the team's current makeup doesn't make that practical.

The Knicks will never see the man that scored 25.3 points and grabbed 8.2 rebounds per game in 2010-2011 again.


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