Amar'e Stoudemire Agrees To Deal With Knicks, So Is LeBron James Next?

Woodrow Bellamy IIIContributor IJuly 6, 2010

PHOENIX - MAY 29:  Amar'e Stoudemire #1 of the Phoenix Suns in action during Game Six of the Western Conference finals of the 2010 NBA Playoffs against the Los Angeles Lakers at US Airways Center on May 29, 2010 in Phoenix, Arizona. The Lakers defeated the Suns 111-103.  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 Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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According to, Amar'e Stoudemire reached a verbal agreement with the New York Knicks over the weekend for a deal worth nearly $100 million over five years.

Stoudemire cannot officially sign with the Knicks until July 8th, the first day teams can sign free agents.

The bigger story, though, is whether this will entice reigning league MVP LeBron James to sign with the Knicks as well.  Currently, New York only has five players on its roster.  The Knicks cleared enough salary cap room in hopes of landing James for this upcoming season.

From the outside looking in, LeBron and Amar'e on the same team seems like a great thing until you consider the fact that neither one of them plays consistent defense.  In addition to the five no-name players on New York's roster, you have a team barely capable of making the playoffs.

The Knicks had a second meeting with LeBron James on Saturday, and he is a known Yankees fan.  Knicks fans have been anticipating him coming to New York for the last two years.

LeBron showed up to the Nike Skills Camp for youth ball players in Cleveland today, and has remained silent on his future.