Amar'e Stoudemire reaches buyout to leave the New York Knicks

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The New York Knicks season from hell is not looking like it will be getting any better with the news that center-power forward Amar'e Stoudemire has left the franchise.

The man who came in as a runner up prize in the race for LeBron James has had his contract bought out by Phil Jackson, James Dolan and the rest of the Knicks higher ups after his disappointing spell at Madison Square Garden.

Stoudemire is now free to do as he pleases, freed from the $100million contract he signed back in 2010. Stoudemire was in the last year of that deal and it seems that he has taken the chance to flee the rebuild (read: sinking ship) that Jackson and head coach Derek Fisher are overseeing.

What Next?

So what now for Stoudemire and the Knicks? Well Amar'e has his eyes set on joining a playoff contender and at the moment it seems like it is the Dallas Mavericks who are leading the running to acquire the big man. Swapping riding the bench for the worst team in the league for the bench on the 5th best team in the West is a major upgrade in anyone's eyes.

And the Knicks? Well they have A LOT of work to do. They still seem to believe they can attract All-Star calibre free agents and with $22million a year off the books that may well be possible. But they'll probably start small with players from lower statured teams like Goran Dragic from the Suns, before trying to convince the big names they can work well with Carmelo Anthony.

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