NBA Rumors: Amar’e Stoudemire Will Decline ETO, Remain With Knicks Reviewed by Momizat on . [new_royalslider id="156"] A number of high priced players have early termination options that they could exercise this summer to become unrestricted free agent [new_royalslider id="156"] A number of high priced players have early termination options that they could exercise this summer to become unrestricted free agent Rating: 0
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NBA Rumors: Amar’e Stoudemire Will Decline ETO, Remain With Knicks

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A number of high priced players have early termination options that they could exercise this summer to become unrestricted free agents. Many have focused on the ‘Big 3′ in Miami, all of whom could opt out, and Carmelo Anthony, who will test free agency this summer.

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Anthony’s teammate, Amar’e Stoudemire, also has the option to opt out this year, but unlike Anthony, Stoudemire will decline his early termination option and remain with the Knicks for one more season according CSNNW.com:

As most suspected, New York Knicks power forward Amar’e Stoudemire has declined to exercise his early termination option and will return to the Knicks for the 2014-15 season to finish out the final year of his five-year, $100 million deal, a league source informed CSNNW.com.

The move comes as little surprise to most. Stoudemire is set to make $23.4 million next season, a number he wouldn’t come close to approaching in free agency. But with Carmelo possibly leaving the Knicks this summer, there was a possibility that Stoudemire would exit as well.

Stoudemire could have been an interesting option for the Lakers in free agency had he become available. The Lakers lack depth in the front court and while Stoudemire is no longer the force he once was, he can still be very effective at times, in limited minutes.

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Last season, Stoudemire averaged 12 points and five rebounds, shooting nearly 56 percent from the field, while mainly coming off the bench.
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  • j.thekidd

    He should it stay with the Phoenix suns

  • Jim213

    Worst contract for the Knicks given the return of investment.

    • Jim213


      Best to let one’s play do the talking rather than let one’s mouth do it (no diss to LJ tho).

  • Andy L

    Who wants his Laker hating ass anyway? Poor Phil…

  • vdogg


    - phil jackson

  • Lakers Rebuilding

    who cares? the heat just lost baby! LeBron is gone and the big 3 are gonna break up I feel like the lakers just won the championship but congrats to the spurs man they are a heck of a team and they deserved it but next season lakers will be back and better than ever who else is happy Miami lost?

    • TheTruthKills

      Happy? I didn’t really care who won since the Lakers weren’t in it. But as a fan of the game I enjoyed watching the Spurs play. Their ball movement, man movement, and team play is how it should be done. Their reward is a championship. Congrats to them.

      • Jim213

        Adapted their system to include small ball too. But IMO Pat Mills (UFA) should be considered in FA for the PG position. Hopefully he maintains his workout regimen which wasn’t present in past seasons. Good shooter, young player, championship experience, who can distribute the ball too.

        Jumped up the pg ranks given the Spurs run. Made vets minimum this past season and would be a big pickup as he likely looks to be making $4-5 mil?… down the road (bargain price). Aside of that the Lakers desperately need a solid EXPERIENCED! player at the 1 given it’s the most important position today.

        • TheTruthKills

          I don’t know if Mills would be a good fit here. He’s the perfect role player for the Spurs no ego/team ball system. I’d love to replicate their mindset more than take their players. Besides, we may be drafting Smart or Lavine. The Spurs should be the new blueprint: unselfish and winning culture, stars taking pay cuts for the greater good, drafting well, and bringing in people who fit the culture and the system.

          • Jim213

            Agree with regards to Spurs but it’s still about acquiring assets. If the Lakers draft a pg they won’t necessarily make a huge impact off the bat IMO,

          • roseducanna

            LAKERS don’t need PG when KOBEEN still in the game.

          • Jim213

            ?!?! He either plays the 2 and 3. They’ll acquire a PG given leadership is needed at the position.

    • http://www.haveslot.com/ richard

      I have been watching NBA finals since Magic came to NBA in 1980, and I cannot recall a series where one team got dominated by another considering that fact that Miami had a better lineup talent wise. Just total disappointment. They weren’t even competitive after game 2.

      • Yaya

        Not the Cavs and Finals series? That was pretty one-sided.

        • http://www.haveslot.com/ richard

          the Cavs-Spurs was one sided too… but the manner by which this Miami lost was just so disappointing considering the talent they have… Lebron tried on his, but couldn’t get his team mates motivated. He couldn’t push them… that was what put this into a grind… he could pass the ball, but to get your team mates to play at a high level and sustain it is a different level of team play… IMO that was what was lacking in his leadership.

    • iEATcelticBabies

      agree’d, as much as they are our western rival, they played with pure balls, the whole team, they diserve it, infact they should be back to back champs

  • TheTruthKills

    Of course he’s opting in. He’s not gonna get that type of money anywhere else.

  • EBBblue

    That’s ridiculous. I can be effective…at times…in limited minutes. Give me a break. Please do not go after Amare.

  • LA LA

    Amare is washed up and he should just retire.Phil Jackson is not happy with this.

  • swish

    LeBron James is coming to the Lakers FTW Championships are back.Stretch Nash.

    PG Kendall Marshall
    SG Kobe Bryant
    SF LeBron James
    PF Julius Randle
    C ?

  • kiko

    Hire George Karl or Jeff Van Gundy and mike woodson and lionel hollins and try to interview i consider Doug Collins for as Next Head Coach LA Lakers please

    and i want to see future right now

  • Lakers4Life

    Whatever Mitch and the FO does this offseason, I hope they diligently look for role players like Patty Mills, Diaw and Splitter.

  • Joshua Duenas

    Would have been nice to see him and Nash play together on the Lakers

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