The Miami Heat pulled off a great deal when they signed veteran and six-time NBA all-star Amar’e Stoudemire to a one-year, $1.5 million deal, which is the minimum for veterans in the NBA. This contract is about 98.2 million than he made on his last deal with the New York Knicks, which was a five-year $99.7 million.
At the time of this contract, Stoudemire was one of the best in the league at the power forward position. After averaging a career high in points in his first year of the contract with 25.3 points and 8.2 rebounds, he was unable to repeat the success he had in his first year, and eventually was bought out of the contract during the 2014-2015 season. He is looking to get back to his old self with the Heat now.
“Just four years ago I was an MVP candidate and an All-Star,” Stoudemire said. “I feel like I can still get back to that All-Star level of play. If I can achieve that, then that’s going to help the team in its entirety. … I will accept whatever the role is.”
It’s great to hear that someone as dominant as Stoudemire once was believes he could return or show flashes of that form this year.
[twitter-follow screen_name=’tony_montalto’ show_count=’yes’]