Amare Stoudemire is out of Phoenix and headed to New York - for a meeting.
If the Knicks are willing to give him a maximum salary contract, a deal might not be far behind.
Meanwhile, Dwyane Wade had a second meeting with the Chicago Bulls on Friday, perhaps a sign that his return to Miami isn’t as guaranteed as once thought.
“Things are getting very interesting,” Wade said after the 21/2-hour meeting.
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Paul Pierce agreed to stick around in Boston, signing a deal reportedly worth $61 million for four years; and the Mavericks let Dirk Nowitzki know how much they want him to remain in Dallas with a “significant” offer.
Though the focus has been on LeBron James, Wade and Chris Bosh, Stoudemire might be able to land big bucks before them.
When the Suns gave long-term deals to Channing Frye (five years, $30 million) and Hakim Warrick (four years, $18 million), it became clear that Stoudemire was on his way out of Phoenix. His agent, Happy Walters, confirmed that the Suns were no longer in the picture and said Stoudemire was going to New York this weekend to meet with the Knicks “but we’re talking to other teams as well.”
James received visits Friday from the Heat and Los Angeles Clippers. The Heat has also spoken to Stoudemire and Bosh as Miami tries to find a player or players to come join Wade – if he sticks around South Florida.
CELTICS SIGN BRADLEY
The Boston Celtics signed top draft pick Avery Bradley, the No. 19 overall selection in last week’s NBA draft.
The former Bellarmine Prep star, a shooting guard in his only year at Texas, will serve as Rajon Rondo’s understudy at point guard.
The 6-foot-3, 180-pound Bradley averaged 11.6 points last year.