It looks like the New York Knicks have Amare Stoudemire locked in with a five-year contract that would guarantee him $100M. This makes Amare the first high profile NBA free agent to agree to a new contract. Official signing of contracts can only be allowed this Thursday, July 8, 2010.
What does this mean to the New York franchise? What does Amare bring to the table knowing that he has had major knee surgery and he will unlikely contribute defensively?
As a lone free agent, Stoudemire will not make the Knicks a better team. He may not even fill up Madison Square Garden with his drawing power.
What he can possible do to make the Knicks a better team is to help lure one or even two more star free agents. Lebron James, Dwayne Wade, Carmelo Anthony and Tony Parker are just some of the big names he can go after to play alongside him.
If Amare can put together a threesome that can match what used to be the Big Three of the Boston Celtics in Garnett, Pierce and Ray Allen, then the Knicks can look forward to a better team next season.