Stoudemire Headed To New York

brandon LamCorrespondent IJuly 2, 2010

PHOENIX - JUNE 22:  Amar'e Stoudemire of the Phoenix Suns attends the Major League Baseball game between the New York Yankees and the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field on June 22, 2010 in Phoenix, Arizona.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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The New York Knicks and Amare Stoudemire are close to agreeing to a five-year, contract worth $100 million max and a deal could be completed today.Stoudemire opted out of his $17.7 million contract with the Phoenix Suns, and it is unlikely that he would return their after negotiations between his agent Happy Walters, and Phoenix owner Robert Sarver fell apart.With Phoenix signing back Channing Frye to a five-year,$30 million deal and signing free-agent Hakim Warrick to a four-year,deal worth $18 million it's almost a definite that Stoudemire won't be returning.

Stoudemire and former Phoenix coach Mike D'antoni, have a great relationship and Stoudemire would easily adjust to the scheme and the team.

New York has also has interest in free-agent Richard Jefferson. Jefferson surprisingly opted out of his $15 million contract with the San Antonio Spurs, and is interested in playing for New York or New Jersey.