NBA Free Agency: Amar'e Stoudemire To Join New York Knicks, But Will He Help?

Double G SportsCorrespondent IJuly 5, 2010

PHOENIX - JUNE 22:  Amar'e Stoudemire of the Phoenix Suns attends the Major League Baseball game between the New York Yankees and the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field on June 22, 2010 in Phoenix, Arizona.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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The New York Knicks made their first free agent signing of this offseason.

While an official contract cannot be signed until Thursday, Amar'e Stoudemire has reportedly agreed to a five-year deal worth the maximum $100 million.

So, what does Stoudemire bring to the Knicks?

Not much more than David Lee provided last season. He does, however, bring New York basketball the star power they have been missing since the days of Patrick Ewing .

Stoudemire already has the star name, the popular face.

What did Lee do? Oh, nothing but average 20 points and 11 rebounds for the Knicks last season. He finished second in the league in rebounding.

Stoudemire averages 21.4 points and 8.9 rebounds over his career.

So why spend the max money on Stoudemire if Lee can provide the same production? Good question.

In my opinion, this is about getting a guy that brings star power to a struggling Knicks team that needs another star to follow Stoudemire to Madison Square Garden.

Just about every Knick fan has been waiting for the 2010 free agent period, assuming they would sign a star athlete like LeBron James .

So, even if King James does not sign with New York, the Knicks can still say that the offseason wasn't a complete bust and they now have a star-studded athlete to build a team around.

Stoudemire has played in this system before under coach Mike D'Antoni in Phoenix.

The two sides reportedly had issues with each other back then. They met this past weekend and talked things out, putting all issues behind them.

Can we trust these issues will not come back?

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