Mar 30, 2014; Oakland, CA, USA; New York Knicks forward Amare Stoudemire (1) looks on against the Golden State Warriors in the fourth quarter at Oracle Arena. The Knicks won 89-84. Mandatory Credit: Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports

New York Knicks Rumors: Amar'e Stoudemire could leave NBA to play in Israel

Apr 6, 2014; Miami, FL, USA; New York Knicks forward Amar

The last couple of seasons haven’t been very memorable for New York Knicks forward Amar’e Stoudemire as injuries have made him a shell of the dominant player he once was.

Fans of Stoudemire may want to get a real good look at STAT next season as it could be Stoudemire’s final go around in the NBA.

According to Marc Berman of the New York Post, Stoudemire is thinking about leaving the NBA after next season to instead play for the team he owns in Israel.

Stoudemire is part of a four-man group that holds a 60 percent stake in Hapoel Jerusalem.

“We’ll see,’’ Stoudemire told Berman. “You can’t rule anything out. The future is unknown and so if I have an opportunity to [play in Israel] and am still in great health, it would be great. I have one more year left on my deal and we’ll go from there.’’

According to ESPN’s Ian Begley, Stoudemire has been very enthusiastic about the possibility of playing in Israel as he notes that Stoudemire is “absolutely” considering the possibility.

Whether that is in Stoudemire’s future plans on not, that will have to wait a year as he is still under contract with the Knicks for at least one more season and even though his deal has an early termination option for next season, there is no way that STAT is going to walk away from $23.4 million guaranteed.


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