The New York Knicks should trade Amar’e Stoudemire if the rumors about Pau Gasol being on the trading block, according to Steve Kyler of Hoops World, are true. Knicks rumors come and go, but this is one that may gain steam as the February trade deadline approaches and Stoudemire continues to miss games.
Stoudemire has been a constant distraction on and off the court for the Knicks. When he’s not involved in some type of drama or controversy, he’s sitting on the bench with a new injury. He also comes with a big price tag.
Everyone remembers Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals, right? Stoudemire punched a fire extinguisher casing and cut his hand on broken glass causing him to miss Game 3. The Knicks won Game 4 with him back on the court, but they lost the series in Game 5 (4-1).
Then there are his injuries. He’s battled back from injuries for the past two seasons and is currently out with a knee injury this season. In 2010, he was slowed by back problems during the playoffs. Last season, those came back in the final month of the regular season.
Instead of gelling with his teammates and preparing for the playoffs, Stoudemire was rehabbing his back problems.
His latest knee injury and the Knicks’ success without him shows the big man is not only not indispensable, but is entirely overpaid.
How much longer should the Knicks continue to put up with this from their star big man?
Kyler said that while the deal is appealing for the Knicks, it may not be desirable on the other end financially:
Some have speculated about a Gasol-to-New-York deal for Amar’e Stoudemire, which both Knicks and Lakers sources have said is highly unlikely. Gasol might actually fit better in New York, but the Lakers are not interested in the Stoudemire contract, which is worse than the Gasol deal.
A perfect opportunity has presented itself to pick up a player similar to Stoudemire with a more manageable contract and with less baggage. The Knicks might have the inside track, too, if new Los Angeles Lakers head coach Mike D’Antoni wants to reunite Steve Nash with his former teammate.
Nash and Stoudemire played together for six seasons in Phoenix before Stoudemire left for New York in free agency following the 2009-10 NBA season. D’Antoni coached the pair for four seasons in Phoenix.
Hopefully the Knicks can get the upper hand in negotiations due to the Nash/Stoudemire/D’Antoni connection. Landing someone like Gasol would do wonders for solidifying the stability of their team as Carmelo Anthony comes into his prime.