Originally posted on The Sports Rocker  |  Last updated 10/30/12

Yesterday, the New York Knicks announced that Amar'e Stoudemire will miss the first 6 weeks, at least, of the upcoming NBA season after re-examining his left knee. Stoudemire missed significant time last year in a shortened season, and had micro-fracture surgery on the same knee in 2005.

So, it begs the questions, how much of an impact can Stoudemire make to the Knicks? Last season, Stoudemire missed 15 games due to injury, from knee and back problems. This season doesn't look any more promising. The Knicks are already the oldest team in the NBA, so you can imagine future headlines being more about injuries than victories.

"I'm going to miss 6 more weeks?!?!"

With one of their star players missing significant time due to injury, could Stoudemire possibly find himself on the trading block?

Yes and no.


Stoudemire's contract doesn't expire until after the 2014-15 season, and he's being paid about $20 million per. I seriously doubt anyone would take on that contract considering his ongoing health issues. And they can't "amnesty" him since they did that to Chauncey Billup's contract last year. If you're thinking that was the Knicks being the Knicks, so was I. The Knicks are stuck with him.


Unless. Yes, there's always an unless in sports. Someone might be willing to take Stoudemire in a trade if the Knicks eat a significant portion of the contract. And by significant, I would say at least half. As best I can tell, the Knicks can't trade him to another team and let that team use their one-time amnesty on him, because the amnesty must be used on a player already on the roster as of the 2011 season. So that's out the window.

If Stoudemire continues to miss games due to health issues, we'll look back on the contract one day as one of the biggest blunders by the Knicks. Of course, it's the Knicks, so it'll just be added to the list.

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