According to a report on ESPN Radio, the New York Knicks and Philadelphia 76ers have had discussions about sending Amare Stoudemire to Philadelphia. Stoudemire has one-year and $23 million deal remaining on his deal and is a desirable player for a team like the 76ers because, quite honestly, he will help them tank (and cut costs next year). Of course, while Stoudemire will help the 76ers lose and save some money next season, he’s not the most attractive player in the league. As such, the Knicks are willing to package Iman Shumpert with Stoudemire to entice the 76ers even more.
While there haven’t been any reports of a possible player for the 76ers to send back, I’d hope that the Knicks at least inquire about Thad Young, a young player with two-years, roughly $19.5 million left on his deal. He’s an asset that would help the Knicks win now, but also add to the core moving forward. Young is also the 76ers’ most expensive player, and while the 76ers don’t need to send back comparable salaries, due to the fact they’re way below the salary cap, sending Thad to New York would open about $9 million in cap room for them starting next season.
In other news, Melo has yet to make up his mind.