Basketball: Stoudemire agrees to sign with Knicks

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By The Staff

NEW YORK (AP) — While the top free agents are pondering their futures, the New York Knicks gave them something to think about.

If LeBron James or Dwyane Wade comes to New York now, a dominant big man will be there waiting.

Amare Stoudemire agreed Monday to sign with the Knicks for nearly $100 million, vowing to lead a rebirth in New York that the team hopes won't have to be done alone.

"This could help get the dominoes falling and he'd be a great teammate for somebody," Knicks coach Mike D'Antoni said.

"We went after a very, very good free agent and you can't tell what's in other people's minds, but we do know that if you're serious about winning, we've got a piece that helps you do that."

The Knicks said they intend to sign Stoudemire to a contract later this week when the free agent moratorium period ends. His agent, Happy Walters, said the deal is for the maximum allowed, which would be about $99.7 million over five years.

Stoudemire has already started recruiting, saying he spoke to James' people and directly to Wade last week. He plans to pitch them again, but insisted he won't be affected if those players say no to New York.

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