Are the Knicks Forced to Trade Amar'e in the Offseason?

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The on-court incompatibilities of Carmelo Anthony and Amar’e Stoudemire need no introduction at this point. The Knicks have played a season in experimental design, and through their involuntary toggling of variables due to numerous injuries, it’s become fairly clear that Anthony and Stoudemire are a problematic fit in terms of offensive flow and defensive coverage. They’re the two classified “stars,” deigned to eventually take New York to the promised land, and yet they’ve thus far failed to mesh in any way that would suggest long-term success.

With that in mind, it’s worth considering if this core—of Anthony, Stoudemire, and Tyson Chandler—should be broken up in anticipation of further troubles. Yet within that very notion is a certain subtext; Anthony appears untouchable for some reason, and Chandler is the key behind the Knicks’ defensive renaissance. That makes the underwhelming Stoudemire the natural target for trade rumors, with one substantial caveat.

Due to Stoudemire’s contract and injuries, he’s practically untradeable at this point.

This sets the stage for a quandary in the big apple: How can the Knicks go about trading the untradeable or fixing the seemingly unfixable?

 

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