Amar’e Stoudemire’s move from the New York Knicks to the Dallas Mavericks became all but official Monday, according to a report from ESPN’s Tim MacMahon and Marc Stein.
That was quick. Stoudemire’s buyout from the Knicks wasn’t made official until Monday morning, and rather than taking a tour of playoff contenders, it appears he picked a new home by sundown. Stoudemire’s signing can’t be made official until he clears waivers at 5 p.m. ET Wednesday, so technically some team could miraculously clear $23.4 million of cap space and decide to claim him. That’s not happening.
The timing of the transaction, three days before the trade deadline, is particularly interesting, not just because it knocks over one of the key dominoes in the in-season player movement game but also because it might force other teams in the West to step up their aggression both before and after the deadline.
The story is told by a glimpse at the Hollinger Playoff Odds report. The Mavericks are one of seven teams in the West with between a 1 and 10 percent chance of winning the title. While these teams are all chasing the front-running Golden State Warriors, there isn’t a whole lot of separation among them. The latest Hollinger projection is for those seven clubs to all finish with between 46 and 56 wins. Dallas’ chief benefit from landing Stoudemire might be that its competitors did not.
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