Knicks president Phil Jackson has talked to multiple teams in recent days -– including the Philadelphia 76ers –- about moving Amar’e Stoudemire in an effort to clear more cap space this summer, sources say.
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Moving Stoudemire and his $23.4 million contract would allow the Knicks to take back players in a sign-and-trade and could give them more money to offer free agents such as Pau Gasol.
The New York Post, which earlier reported the Knicks talks with Philly regarding Stoudemire, reports that the Knicks are unwilling to include Iman Shumpert in such a transaction.
An extra piece such as Shumpert may be a prerequisite for a deal with Philadelphia, which has $30 million in cap space and can take on a contract such as Stoudemire's. The Sixers have also been mentioned as a team willing to take back Jeremy Lin's contract from the Rockets.
A league source says Knicks guard Tim Hardaway Jr.'s name has also been discussed in some iterations of deals involving Stoudemire but the Knicks are not inclined to include the second-year shooting guard in any deals.
The source says the Knicks are also trying to move Andrea Bargnani and his $11.5 million salary in an effort to create cap space to make a run at free agents this summer.
All of this supports the notion that Jackson's intention is to try to rebuild the Knicks' roster as soon as possible instead of waiting until the summer of 2015 to reshape it.
It should be noted, however, that Stoudemire had an extremely strong finish to the season last year and is healthy this offseason for the first time in three summers. So his on-court value this season to the Knicks shouldn't be automatically dismissed.
Question: Do you think Phil should include Shumpert or Tim Hardaway Jr. in a deal to get Amar'e off of the books?
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