PHOENIX - MAY 29: Amar'e Stoudemire #1 of the Phoenix Suns goes to dunk the ball against the Los Angeles Lakers in the third quarter of Game Six of the Western Conference Finals during the 2010 NBA Playoffs at US Airways Center on May 29, 2010 in Phoenix, Arizona. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
The deed is done. Just to restate the basics, here's Alan Hahn:
A source tells Newsday the Knicks have a done deal with Amar'e Stoudemire. The deal is for five years and $100 million.
I'm the type to speculate on any move until it's officially official, but uh...this one's pretty much in stone.
Some initial thoughts:
- It appears from the picture above that Stoudemire will choose the number 1. WHAT DOES THIS MEAN FOR THE FUTURE OF CHRIS DUHON!?!?!!?
- Note that the basketboner-inducing plays I linked to above are mostly products of the pick-and-roll. Today, the top of that pick-and-roll would be Toney Douglas. By November, I imagine it'll be somebody else. For now, I'm too starry-eyed by all the dunking to really care.
- The Knicks are the first team to reel in a maximum-contract free agent from another team. I don't think Donnie Walsh would make such a commitment if he didn't believe it would attract other commitments, but only time will tell.
- With D'Antoni at the helm and Amar'e at the 4, it seems reasonable to expect the Knicks to make a move for D'Or Fisher.
- I've had a Sports Illustrated For Kids poster of Stoudemire on the wall above my desk since like 2003. Cool.
- Amar'e: "The Knicks are back!"
- I won't be calling Stoudemire "STAT". You can do that if you please, but I think he either 1. Deserves a better nickname or 2. Is frightening enough and has a unique enough first name that he doesn't need an alias.
- As far as I know, Tommy Dee was on top of the Amar'e-to-the-Knicks rumors before anybody else was. Well done, TD!
Anyway, for the moment, I'm trying to delay any qualms and concerns over what the next move is going to be. For now, I'm thrilled that the Knicks have added one of the best big men in the game. This is pretty crazy.