Depending on who you believe, Amar’e Stoudemire is either about to sign a 5 year max deal with the Knicks or he’s got the New York offer as insurance in case a deal cannot be worked out with the Nets or Bulls. But if you buy into the former possibility, the PF would like to turn your attention to the Free Agent Class Of 2011. From the New York Daily News’ Mitch Abramson :
Wearing a Yankees cap and leaning against a building on Eighth Ave., as he waited for his limo to pick him up from the musical “Rock of Ages,” the free-agent forward confirmed that he will be meeting with the Knicks Monday, possibly to make a deal.
Then he dropped a bombshell that seemed too good to be true:
“I’ve talked to Carmelo Anthony that he needs to come out here,” Stoudemire said. “I’ve talked to Tony Parker. Both guys are ready to join me if I decide to come here. So we will see if we can work it out.”
Stoudemire’s agent, Happy Walters, by his side for the show and on Eighth Ave., as his client was mobbed by fans, was asked if he believes Stoudemire will be a Knick after Monday’s meeting. Walters smiled and, in full stride down 47th St., replied: “Yes, I mean we are here aren’t we? Hopefully it goes well (Monday). We are here in New York, aren’t we?”
To be entirely fair, Stoudemire didn’t specifically say that Anthony or Parker should join the Knicks. He might’ve been offering his recommendation for a musical the New York Times’ Charles Isherwood described thusly; “volcanic locks and endless guitar solos are tethered to a thin plot concocted from showbiz clichÃ©s spruced up in skin-hugging leather and acid-washed denim.”