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Amar'e Stoudemire #1 of the New York Knicks

Amar'e Stoudemire #1 of the New York Knicks looks on against the Boston Celtics during Game Four of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals Photo Credit: Photo by Jim McIsaac

Amar’e Stoudemire’s phone bill may be a little higher than usual this month.

"All the clubs have called the office inquiring about me," Stoudemire told ESPNNewYork.com on Wednesday. "Teams from Israel, China, Turkey, Spain. A lot of countries have been calling."

Stoudemire has become the latest NBA star being targeted by international teams looking to capitalize on player availability because of the NBA lockout.

"The chances would be high" Stoudemire said when asked about playing overseas. "They'd definitely be high. I just want to make sure I'm healthy and totally 100 percent before I make that type of commitment. As of right now, we're not entertaining offers. I'm still trying to get [my back] right."

Stoudemire, who suffered a pulled muscle in his back during the Knicks’ first round playoff series against the Celtics, also told ESPNNewYork.com that before he begins rehabbing, he needs another three weeks of rest as his back continues to heal.

"Right now, all I can do is rest," he said. "There's no rehab right now. No cardio, no weightlifting, nothing.”
 

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