Knicks Rumors: Inability to Move Amar'e Stoudemire Will Haunt Knicks in Playoffs

Shawn BrubakerContributor IIJanuary 14, 2013

ORLANDO, FL - JANUARY 05:  Andrew Nicholson #44 of the Orlando Magic is gaurded by Amar'e Stoudemire #1 of the New York Knicks during the game at Amway Center on January 5, 2013 in Orlando, Florida.   NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)
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Questions have abounded over Amar'e Stoudemire throughout the season, and they haven't gone away since his return. The Knicks have been involved in multiple rumors, including possible trade rumors and free-agent rumors. These trade rumors are baseless, though, as Stoudemire is going nowhere. The Knicks would be wise to move him, however, and the failure to do so could derail their season.

Ken Berger of reports that the Knicks will listen to offers for Stoudemire, but his health and massive contract will prevent a move from happening. 

Stoudemire will definitely be difficult to move, and more likely than not, any trade involving Stoudemire would involve the Knicks acquiring some bad contracts and unequal talent. Stoudemire is almost certainly a better player than anything the Knicks would acquire.

That having been said, concerns over Stoudemire's effect of the team's flow have been confirmed. The Knicks are 3-4 since his return, as Stoudemire has averaged just three boards per game in 20.5 minutes per game.

Stoudemire hasn't been the same player since his return from injury, and now doctors are urging the Knicks to cut back his minutes to allow him to heal properly, according to an ESPN report. 

With fewer minutes, Stoudemire is even less likely to get into a rhythm. The rust is still there, and it doesn't seem to be going away any time soon. 

At his best, Stoudemire is a dynamic player who could help the Knicks overcome their recent struggles. Sadly, the Knicks will probably never get Stoudemire at his best this season. 

That will probably result in the Knicks forcing Stoudemire onto the court, trying to recapture his former form. The Knicks need that 

To win now, the Knicks' best chance is to get rid of Stoudemire and get some healthy legs in the front-court.