The Hawks have steadfastly maintained that Josh Smith isn't going anywhere, but they may be willing to part with the disgruntled star in return for bigger name.
Now the the Mike D'Antoni era has ended, there is a real possibility that Stoudemire and Carmelo Anthony become at odds.
Anthony essentially helped show D'Antoni, the coach responsible for turning Stoudemire into an offensive juggernaut, the door. And that may not sit well with the power forward.
While it would be difficult for the Knicks to convince Atlanta to take on another bloated contract, Stoudemire has already proven that he and Joe Johnson work well together from their days in Phoenix. The Hawks brass could be intrigued to see how such a pairing fairs once again.
For the Knicks, Smith fits in better with Mike Woodson's defense-oriented system. He is skilled offensively as well, but doesn't command the ball the way Stoudemire does, leaving Anthony free to assume the majority of the touches.
A straight-up swap does not meet NBA requirements, but Atlanta could send Kirk Hinrich, along with Smith to New York in exchange for Bill Walker and Stoudemire.
It's a difficult accord to strike, but would undoubtedly be better for the Knicks in the long run if Anthony and Stoudemire are unable to cohabit.