Yesterday, the New York Times published a piece about the role that Amare Stoudemire will play when he returns to the Knicks. The problem is that New York has been playing so well so far this season that they really don't even need Stoudemire. But, they're paying him a ton of money right now, so it sounds like they're going to at least try to work him back into their rotation when he returns from a knee injury soon.

But, the most interesting part of the NYT piece is that it sounds like they're going to at least try to work him back into their rotation, not because they want to, but because they have to. You see, according to the story, the Knicks tried and failed to trade STAT over the summer. One NBA executive even revealed that he was "available for free," because the Knicks didn't want to be strapped with his large contract and his injury-riddled legs any longer. But, because of those things, no one took the bait and offered the Knicks a trade. So, that leaves them where they're at now—with a guy set to make $65 million over the next three years who has no clear role on the team.

But, hey, at least the Knicks finally look like an elite team again, right? And, having Stoudemire on the roster as a bench player isn't exactly the worst thing in the world. So, cheer up, Knicks fans. As if you really need cheering up right now...

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[via NYT]