Knicks’ Amar’e Stoudemire may not start next season

Amar’e Stoudemire is set to be the New York Knicks highest-paid player next season. Even so, the team isn’t sure at this time if he will return to a starting role for the beginning of the 2013-14 campaign, according to Jared Zwerling of ESPN New York.


Knicks coach Mike Woodson told reporters that he would not commit to naming Stoudemire as a starter.
"I haven't made that decision," Woodson said Tuesday. "I'll have this summer to kind of evaluate where I go with that. First things first, he's got to come back healthy."
Stoudemire will make $21.68 million next season and $23.41 million in 2014-15, which is the final year of his contract. Still, if he’s not completely healthy, Woodson said you could expect a minutes restriction like he faced during the playoffs.

If Stoudemire is healthy, the Knicks expect him to see big minutes next season. His health will determine his status with the team, according to general manager Glen Grunwald.
"He's a heck of a player," Grunwald said. "The question is his health and how much he can play. So we've got our medical staff and training staff working with him to design an offseason program that will get him to full health. We hope he'll be able to play significant minutes for us next year. How much that will be, we don't know at this time. But when he came and played for us … he was, as [Woodson] said, a big factor in those games."
The Knicks proved effective in Stoudemire’s absence this season, as Carmelo Anthony, J.R. Smith and others thrived at the end of the season.

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