Amar’e Stoudemire is pondering his future and whether to ask the New York Knicks for a buyout, he said.
“It’s not an easy decision to make,” Stoudemire told Yahoo! Sports. “Over time, we will see how things pan out. You give yourself a break during the All-Star break. You think about it with your family. … That will give me a good solid week on how to weigh out the rest of the season.”
The Knicks have had internal discussions about a possible buyout but have yet to approach Stoudemire about it, sources told ESPN.com’s Ian Begley earlier this week.
“I haven’t talked with Phil [Jackson] or [GM] Steve Mills yet about the future,” Stoudemire said Wednesday. “I’m sure we’ll have a conversation soon about it.”
“It’s a decision I have to make with my family to figure out the best scenario for the near future,” Amar’e Stoudemire said of his plan to use the upcoming All-Star break to decide whether to ask the Knicks for a buyout.
Stoudemire has recently talked to close friends about the possibility of accepting a buyout from the Knicks but the decision wouldn’t be made without “deep thought” from Stoudemire, sources told Begley, because of Stoudemire’s loyalty to Knicks owner James Dolan.
Buying STAT out would be a good sign that perhaps Bargs’ time with this team is not much longer, as well. I’d love to see some more D-Leaguers given a chance.