Former Knicks energy brazen Amar’e Stoudemire has donned a trove of adorned hats during his colorful five-year Knicks reign and now he’s coming to enclose a large cowboy shawl in Big D.
Stoudemire has reportedly given a written joining to Dallas, that can strictly pointer him after he clears waivers Wednesday.
Sources told The Post Dallas owners Mark Cuban was gaga over Stoudemire’s intensity to beef adult a Dallas frontcourt that has lacked abyss given mid-December when backup core Brandan Wright was traded in a Rajon Rondo deal.
Dallas had been a transparent front-runner for Stoudemire, notwithstanding Western Conference seductiveness from a Clippers, a Suns, his former team, and a Warriors.
Knicks boss Phil Jackson strictly waived Stoudemire on Monday, with Jackson observant a separate was during Stoudemire’s request, finale a unsatisfactory yet eventful run in New York.
Now Stoudemire, 32, will join former Knicks core Tyson Chandler in Dallas — with Jackson pawning off two-thirds of a Knicks’ Big 3 to Texas within 8 months.
According to a source informed with Cuban’s thinking, Stoudemire competence be a ideal compare as a backup to Dirk Nowitzki. The Mavericks are a fifth seed during 36-19 in a wide-open Wild West. Dallas can usually pointer him with a prorated $1.4 million veteran’s minimum.
Stoudemire, spending a All-Star mangle during his Miami beach house, believes he can knowledge a same rebirth in Dallas as Chandler has in a triangle-free environment.
“He can make open shots, he has a lot of respect, like Dirk, in his ability to score,’’ pronounced a source informed with a Mavs’ thinking. “He is good during pick-and-pop, and he is a unequivocally good positional rebounder. All things Dallas can use right now.’’
The tanking Knicks can use a register mark to pointer a immature actor or have coherence in a multi-player trade with a Feb. 19 trade deadline approaching.
“Amar’e’s duration as a Knickerbocker has come to pass, during his request,’’ Jackson pronounced in a statement. “His time here should be noted by noticing his bid — it was 100 percent. As we pierce brazen in structuring this team, we will demeanour for players that vaunt his enterprise to win.’’
Stoudemire lifted a probability of a buyout in mid-January. Chandler, in maybe a puncture during Jackson’s triangle offense, told ESPN Dallas final week:
“[Stoudemire] would fit in good since we play a lot of pick-and-roll. Coach [Rick Carlisle] does an glorious pursuit bargain scorers and how to get them a round and putting them in a position to succeed. Not usually that, we’ve got a best training staff in a league. That also helps.”
Because of a triangle, Stoudemire became too reliant on a occasionally low-post game. After his Knick swan strain in Orlando Wednesday, Stoudemire pronounced “Father Time was ticking’’ in expressing his enterprise to rush a Garden for a playoff contender.
In a Knicks’ statement, Stoudemire pronounced he leaves with “a complicated heart.’’
“I feel truly sanctified to have been means to play for a implausible New York fans, Mr. Dolan, my coaches, teammates and a whole Knicks organization,” Stoudemire said.
“I will be perpetually beholden for a event to minister definitely on a justice and in a community. Although we leave a Knicks with a complicated heart, we wish a classification a best of luck. Once a Knick, always a Knick.’’
In an Instagram message, Stoudemire posted another nauseating note: “New York will always be my home. Whether I’m here personification for a Knicks or not.’’
Though he recently missed 13-of-17 games with knee and ankle injuries, Stoudemire is averaging 12.0 points and 6.8 rebounds, personification in 36-of-53 games.
Stoudemire averaged 17.5 points and 6.7 rebounds in 255 games as a Knick over those 5 seasons. The Knicks pennyless a six-year drought and done a playoffs in Stoudemire’s initial 3 seasons with a team, yet knee surgeries, a hoop damage and an occurrence in that he punched a glow extinguisher box during a 2012 playoffs shop-worn his legacy.
The Knicks have a register mark open to pointer a D-League player, a giveaway representative or use on a actor they acquire to fill their trade exceptions gained in a Jan trade with a Cavaliers and Thunder. Second-round collect Thanasis Antetkoumnpo, a Greek swingman who has played good for a organization’s D-League associate in Westchester, could be a candidate, yet still is noticed as a project.
Stoudemire represented a Knicks in a All-Star Game only once — his initial deteriorate in 2011, when he was a tip MVP claimant for a initial three-quarters of a season.
Nevertheless, he could have a destiny in a classification after his personification career.
“Everyone here during a Knicks classification appreciates a grant Amar’e has done to a group and a whole city of New York a past 5 seasons,’’ ubiquitous manager Steve Mills said. “We have grown a attribute that has translated into a long-term loyalty and it will continue by a residue of his NBA career and beyond.’”