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Golden State Warriors among teams interested in Amar'e Stoudemire

Amar'e Stoudemire will have the opportunity to join a contender after agreeing to a buyout with the Knicks.

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According to Frank Isola of the New York Daily News, the Knicks have bought out forward/center Amar'e Stoudemire prior to Sunday's All-Star game.

This news is not surprising as the New York Knicks were en route to a full-scale roster teardown after dealing Iman Shumpert and J.R. Smith in January. By letting go of Stoudemire, the Knicks will have more opportunities to evaluate their younger talent.

In the summer of 2010, Stoudemire signed a five-year $100 million contract and went on to average 25.3 points and 8.2 rebounds in his first season as a Knick. However, injuries along with the acquisition of Carmelo Anthony in 2011 were factors that slowed and stunted the big man. Anthony and Stoudemire were never able to play at a level that they envisioned nor meet the high expectations set in New York.

Stoudemire is expected to clear waivers and become a free agent. Ramona Shelburne of ESPN reports that many teams including the Warriors have already registered interest while Marc Stein of ESPN reports that the Mavericks are the frontrunners.

One of the Warriors' potential team needs that front office may address is a consistent backup for Andrew Bogut. Center Festus Ezeli has missed plenty of games this season due to injury while Ognjen Kuzmic has spent more time in Santa Cruz than in Oakland.

Isola's article precisely states that the Spurs and Warriors are two possible destinations. In Golden State, Stoudemire has ties with Steve Kerr and Alvin Gentry during his tenure in Phoenix. Could Stoudemire be headed to the Bay Area?

"The Spurs are a logical choice because they are a championship contender every year. The Warriors are an intriguing possibility. When Stoudemire played his final season in Phoenix, the GM was Steve Kerr and the head coach was Alvin Gentry. Kerr and Gentry are now the head coach and assistant coach with the Warriors.

The one stumbling block may be the presence of David Lee, who is used as a scoring forward off the bench. Coincidentally, the Knicks elected not to re-sign Lee in the summer of 2010 because they used that cap space to sign Stoudemire."

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