NBA insider Alex Kennedy tweeted earlier that the Toronto Raptors one of the contending teams looking to acquire the services of 32 year old Amar’e Stoudemire.
Other teams that are reported to have interest are the Los Angeles Clippers, Portland Trail Blazers, the Dallas Mavericks and even the team that originally drafted him, the Phoenix Suns.
Stoudemire, while far removed from his MVP candidate form could be a key addition for the Raptors. In 36 games played this season, Stoudemire averages 12 points and 6.8 rebounds per game, as well shooting over 54% from the floor and over 74% from the free throw line. Stoudemire is also a playoff tested 13 year veteran, who can provide a level of leadership to the largely youthful Raptors locker room.
While it is reported that Stoudemire is leaning towards joining the Dallas Mavericks to reunite with Tyson Chandler an as well serve as a replacement for the traded Brandon Wright, the Raptors could serve to be a good destination for the Florida native. One reason would be injury prevention and longevity. With Patrick Patterson already the primary big off the bench, Stoudemire can come in and provide sheltered minutes as a small ball centre to provide another offensive spark to the already potent Raptors bench.
With the Raptors already at 15 players, Masai Ujiri would need to waive someone in order to make room. The logical choice would likely be seldom-used veteran Greg Stiemsma.