One day after securing the services of Goran Dragic and his former Phoenix Suns teammate Gerald Green on the first day NBA free agents can sign contracts, the Miami Heat are reportedly very close to signing Amar'e Stoudemire.
Summer League sensation Willie Reed is moving on to the Brooklyn Nets, having signed a partially guaranteed contract on Thursday, but the Heat appear confident that they will be signing Stoudemire, a South Florida resident, instead to help fill out their power rotation -- likely at the veteran's minimum.
Source: The Heat and Amar'e Stoudemire are closing in on a deal. Could be finalized tomorrow. Terms still not determined.— Jared Zwerling (@JaredZwerling) July 10, 2015
Amar'e Stoudemire to meet with Heat tomorrow, two sides are currently "close to getting a deal done." (via @IanBegley & multiple reports)— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) July 9, 2015
The Heat have been linked to other big men during free agency, including David West and Carlos Boozer, because they are reportedly looking to move Chris Andersen to reduce their tax obligations.
Stoudemire, 32, left the Suns as a prized free agent in 2010 to sign a lucrative deal with the New York Knicks, where he averaged 25.3 points, 8.2 rebounds and 1.9 blocks in 78 starts in the 2010-11 season but has been slowed down in recent years with knee injuries.
He played in 58 games last season for both the Knicks and the Dallas Mavericks, averaging 11.5 points on 56 percent field goal shooting and 5.6 rebounds.