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Source: Amar'e to Knicks done

The marquee on Madison Square Garden notes that

The marquee on Madison Square Garden notes that 27-year-old forward Amar'e Stoudemire has agreed to join the Knicks. Photo Credit: Alan Hahn/Newsday

A source tells Newsday the Knicks have a done deal with Amar'e Stoudemire. The deal is for five years and $100 million.

This follows Sunday's morning brunch in Manhattan with Mike D'Antoni and Stoudemire. D'Antoni coached Stoudemire in Phoenix.

D'Antoni wanted to make it clear to the five-time All-Star that despite things that have been said and reported, he and the Knicks absolutely wanted Stoudemire and wanted him for the full maximum contract.

"I told him, what's out there about me not wanting you here, that's not true," D'Antoni told Newsday on Sunday. "I told him we absolutely wanted him."

"It was great," Stoudemire told Newsday as he described the brunch meeting. "We had great conversation."

The Knicks also called Stoudemire one minute after the NBA free-agency season opened at 12:01 a.m. EDT Thursday.

With one big-name free agent coming to New York, the Knicks now wait for a decision from LeBron James.

There should be some sort of official word from Madison Square Garden within the hour.


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