According To Reports, Amar'e Stoudemire Is Coming To The Mavericks.
After a couple weeks of speculation, it now looks pretty official: According to reports, at least, Amar'e Stoudemire's says he's joining the Dallas Mavericks following the New York Knicks' buying out of the remainder of his contract earlier today.
There's no formal word on the matter yet from the Mavericks — there can't be until 4 p.m. CST on Wednesday, which is when Stoudemire will officially clear waivers as he's expected to do — but this is encouraging news just the same, as Stoudemire, just by providing a big body and bringing even the slightest amount of rebounding ability along with it, fills a massive need for this year's Mavericks squad.
No, the six-time All-Star isn't quite the player he once was, but in his 13th NBA season, the 32-year-old is posting the best rebounding numbers since the 2011-2012 season, despite only playing 24 minutes per game. Considering his role here in Dallas is largely expected to be an off-the-bench one, that's not too shabby.
So, yeah, it's a solid get. More important, though: This move is a clear signal that Cuban and the rest of the Mavericks' front office is all in on this year's team. Y'know, given the fact that Dirk Nowitzki 36 years old and might not have all that much left in the tank (although that's debatable).