Amar'e Stoudemire's Knicks career is over.
Stoudemire and the team have reached an agreement on a buyout, multiple league sources confirmed late Sunday night. This was expected because of the Knicks' record -- they are 10-43 and fully rebuilding -- and Stoudemire's desire to play for a contender. His agent, Happy Walters, began talking to Knicks officials this past week.
The team would not confirm nor comment.
The Knicks will cut Stoudemire, who is in the final year of a five-year, $100-million contract. He could receive interest from the Mavericks, Clippers, Warriors and Suns, among other teams, after he clears waivers. He ends his Knicks career with averages of 17.3 points and 6.7 rebounds in 255 games.
It appeared to be a difficult decision for Stoudemire, who seemed to get emotional after what apparently was his final game as a Knick Wednesday night in Orlando.
"Playing these 13 years and through the few injuries, Father Time is ticking," he said. "So you want to take advantage of good health when you can and try to win a championship when you can."
Five years ago, after Stoudemire signed, he famously declared, "The Knicks are back." He did bring respectability back to the Knicks but -- even after after they acquired Carmelo Anthony -- they never reached the level that was expected.
Stoudemire was an MVP candidate the first half of his first Knicks season and made the All-Star team. In his first three seasons as a Knick, the team reached the playoffs, but injuries derailed what could have been, and Anthony quickly became the face of the franchise.
A six-time All-Star, Stoudemire averaged 12.0 points and 6.8 rebounds in 36 games this season. He was held without a field goal in Wednesday night's loss to the Magic.
This could be the first of several moves the Knicks make this week. The trade deadline is Thursday, and everyone other than Anthony is available. If they can't deal Andrea Bargnani by Thursday, they could buy him out, too.
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