The Los Angeles Lakers are interested in signing veteran big man Amar'e Stoudemire, according to a report by ESPN's Chris Broussard. Stoudemire finished last season playing for the Dallas Mavericks after being released by the New York Knicks.
While Stoudemire certainly isn't the free agent big man that Lakers fans were hoping for, he has proved that he still has something left in the tank. He may not be the high-fly act that he used to be, and he can't be counted on for 30+ minutes a night either, but when he is on the court he is productive.
In fact, Amar'e had an impressive PER last season of 22.3 coming off the bench for the Mavericks, which is actually higher than anyone on the Lakers roster. He can still score efficiently and rebound the basketball while providing a veteran voice to teach the Lakers youngsters. Essentially, Stoudemire would fill Carlos Boozer's role with the team, except he is a better player on the court.
Stoudemire will have other suitors, but with the list of free agent big men quickly drying up the Lakers may need to pounce on Amar'e quickly before they find themselves completely left out in the cold.
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