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Knicks, Amar'e Stoudemire agree to buyout

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It'd been a matter of when and not if for a while. Tonight, when happened.

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Amar'e Stoudemire has apparently played his last game as a New York Knick. The rumored buyout is finished, per Frank Isola:

The oft-injured former All-Star scored five points on 0-3 shooting in the Knicks' final game before the All-Star break, an 89-83 loss to the Magic in Orlando. If that was truly his orange-and-blue swan song, it's a sad end for the Knicks' longest-tenured player.

No word yet on where Amar'e will end up. In the meantime, this move's a win-win: the Knicks can use the roster spot on someone who may have a future in NY (Thanasis?), and Amar'e can play for a contender and raise his profile before entering free agency next summer.

Tonight, especially if you live in or around NYC, warm yourself with your memories of the best of Stoudemire's run as a Knick, and/or imagine him as a 15-minutes-a-night weapon off the bench for some Western powerhouse. With any luck, Kevin Garnett ends up a Clipper and Amar'e posterizes him in the playoffs. Shalom, STAT!