Amar'e Stoudemire announced his retirement today, after signing a one-year deal with the New York Knicks. Stoudemire spent 14 years in the NBA and he is best known for his incredible performances while playing for the Phoenix Suns, where he was one of the top players in the league. Beside the Suns, the big man also played for the New York Knicks, Dallas Mavericks and Miami Heat.
Stoudemire was a free agent this offseason and today he signed with the New York Knicks, shortly before announcing that he will retire from the NBA. He spent 5 seasons in New York and he decided to retire as a Knick. During his tenure with the Knicks, Stoudemire averaged 17.3 points and 6.7 rebounds per game. He also made the playoffs in three seasons, but unfortunately he didn't have a deep run in the postseason.
His best years came while he was playing for the Suns, as he established himself as one of the top-tier NBA players and one of the best power forwards in the league. During his 8-year tenure in Phoenix, he averaged 21.4 points and 8.9 rebounds, while doing pretty much everything else on the floor. Stoudemire also played half a season for the Dallas Mavericks and after Dallas he signed with Miami, where he played 52 regular-season and 9 postseason games.
Even though he is officially done with the NBA, there is a possibility that he will play overseas as many former NBA players have done. Even though he had some great years in the league, lack of playoff success and injuries is what hurt his career most. Is Stoudemire's NBA career enough to earn him a spot in the Hall of Fame?
Dion Waiters is the newest member of the Miami Heat as the Heat signed him to a 1-year deal for $2.9 million, using their exception. Waiters will most likely be a backup shooting guard, but it is also likely that he could start, replacing the other shooting guard who wore number 3, Dwyane Wade.
At the moment, the Heat have plenly of players who could play at the same position as Waiters and the most likeable starter is either Tyler Johnson or Josh Richardson. Waiters has played 289 regular-season games and has started in 110 of them, mostly while playing for the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Last season, the shooting guard appeared in 78 games, starting in 15 of them. He averaged 9.8 points, 2.6 rebounds and 2.0 assists per game. Waiters was quite efficient from the long range, converting 35.8% of the shots from there. He was most efficient from mid range, however, making 43.5% of mid-range shots. Waiters also played 18 postseason games with the Oklahoma City Thunder, averaging 8.4 points, 2.6 rebounds and 2.3 assists per game.
At the moment, it is not very clear what role he will have on the team as the Heat already have a couple of good shooting guards which have a lot of potential. However, the Heat may be planning to do a couple of trades soon so the situation will become clear. Even though they lost their best franchise player this offseason, the Heat still managed to add a few good pieces which should help them stay competitive next year.
Boston Celtics have signed Gerald Green, a free agent shooting guard who last played for the Miami Heat. Green will return to Boston, the team that drafted him into the NBA in 2005 with the 18th overall pick. This will be the third season for Green in Boston and the Celtics will become the team he played most seasons for in the NBA.
After Green's under average season in Miami, it was expected of the Heat to not re-sign him and let him go. In 69 games (14 starts) for the Heat, Green averaged 8.9 points and 2.4 rebounds per game. His shooting percentage was under 40% and he shot in low 30s from the long range. His numbers decreased even further in the playoffs, just like his production, so the Heat decided to let him go in the free agency.
In two seasons with the Celtics, Green averaged 8.9 points per game while shooting slightly above 42% from the field. His best years were in Phoenix, where he averaged 14 points per game over the course of two seasons. The Celtics are hoping to get the similar production from the guard as they look to be competitive next season after adding a big-name free agent, Al Horford.
The Celtics couldn't make it out of the first round last postseason, but with the newest additions they could go much deeper, even into the conference finals. If Green plays as well as he is capable of playing, there is no doubt that he will be one of the best bench players in the NBA, or he could even secure a starting spot on the team. On the other side, he will be replaced by Tyler Johnson in Miami, who was signed to a 4-year contract earlier this offseason.