Amar'e Stoudemire still is wearing a Knicks jersey, but he said he won't address whether he wants to remain in one until after the All-Star break.
Stoudemire, who is in the final year of his five-year, $100-million contract, was quoted extensively in a Yahoo Sports story as saying he plans to use next week's break to decide whether to ask the Knicks for a buyout so he can sign with a contender.
"It's not an easy decision to make," Stoudemire told Yahoo. "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.
"All possibilities at this point are still open."
Stoudemire returned Friday night after missing the previous four games with a sprained left ankle and had nine points in the Knicks' 92-88 loss to the Nets at Barclays Center. When asked about his future, he said he is focusing on playing.
Stoudemire would need to be waived by March 1 to be playoff-eligible.
"We'll discuss that after the break," he said. "Right now, I'm focusing on the rest of the season. We've got [three] games before the break, so I'm focusing on that right now."
Stoudemire was asked if he is torn. "I'm a New Yorker, man," he said. "I play for the New York Knicks. The Knicks are on my jersey and that's what I represent and that's what it's going to be. I'm back on the court now. So I'm just focusing on that right now. We'll get to that stuff later."
Stoudemire still is productive. He's averaging 12.1 points and 6.9 rebounds in 24.7 minutes. But his contract -- $23.4 million this season -- and his injury history make him difficult to deal, especially for draft picks. He has missed 17 games this season.
The Knicks (10-40) have been trying to move Jose Calderon, who has two years and $15.1 million left on his deal, and Pablo Prigioni, who has a partial guarantee next season. Andrea Bargnani is available, but there has been no interest. He's expected to be bought out and waived after the trade deadline.
Stoudemire has been a good influence on the young players with his work ethic. It has been speculated that the Knicks would ride out the season and not waive Stoudemire unless he requested it.
"He and his agent and management will kind of figure that part out," Derek Fisher said. "I think Amar'e's a veteran enough guy that when he's in the game, when he's in practice, he's still committed to the team."
The Clippers, Trail Blazers and Mavericks are among teams that could be looking to add veterans to improve their chances of a long playoff run. It's unknown whether they would have an interest in Stoudemire.
"I am with the Knicks now," Stoudemire said. "I got to stay optimistic about things and what we are doing here. I can't really focus on the future because it's not here."
"We still have a couple weeks left before it's all said and done. It's a decision I have to make with my family to figure out the best scenario for the near future."
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