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Agent: Amar’e Stoudemire had NBA offers before signing in Israel

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NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 25: Amar’e Stoudemire #1 of the New York Knicks stands on the court in the first half of their game against the Washington Wizards at Madison Square Garden on December 25, 2014 in New York City. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images)

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Here’s a slightly more believable claim involving Amar’e Stoudemire.

Ian Begley of ESPN:

Stoudemire wanted to play for the Suns next season, but they didn’t want him. So, he signed with the Knicks to retire and then signed in Israel.

That’d be a pretty unconventional route if he truly had NBA offers on the table. But I’m curious about those offers. Were they fully guaranteed, or would Stoudemire have had to earn a regular-season roster spot during training camp? There’s a big difference.