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NBA Free Agency: Top 5 Best Destinations For Amar'e Stoudemire

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According to several reports, former Suns, Knicks, Heat and Mavs star Amar’e Stoudemire would be considering to make an NBA comeback and has already spoken to several teams regarding a potential signing.

Stoudemire was one of the most dominant scorers and rebounders of the early 2000’s and even though his proneness to get hurt over the last years of his career really took a toll on his overall impact, he’s a borderline Hall of Famer that would be very welcome off the bench for contending teams.

Posting career averages of 18.9 points, 7.8 rebounds, 1.2 dimes and 1.2 blocks a game on 53% shooting, Amar'e has been out of the league since the end of the 15-16 campaign and had been playing overseas since then. Today, we’ll let you know about the top 5 destinations for him to go this summer.

5. Cleveland Cavaliers

The Cleveland Cavaliers are amid a rebuilding process following the post-LeBron James era, so there’s still a lot of questions regarding the team’s ability to compete, so that could open the door for a lot of playing time for Stoudemire.

Collin Sexton was great in the pick and roll in college and Stoudemire would definitely be an improvement over Tristan Thompson and could start right away next to Kevin Love, although they’d be a bit undersized.

4. Portland Trail Blazers

The Portland Trail Blazers are on the verge of contention but have lacked a bit of veteran leadership and a consistent scoring punch from someone besides their explosive backcourt of Lillard and McCollum.

They know it’s now or never and Stoudemire could be a nice addition up front next to Jusuf Nurkic to create a very physical and strong frontcourt, not to mention there’s going to be a lot of space for his drives as everybody knows you can’t leave their guards open on the perimeter.

3. Oklahoma City Thunder

The Oklahoma City Thunder have already signed Nerlens Noel to join Steven Adams down low as one of the most promising defensive frontcourts in the league, and Stoudemire could work off the bench as Enes Kanter did a couple of seasons ago.

Upon Carmelo Anthony’s eventual departure, the Thunder are bound to become a much better team and adding some firepower off the bench has to be among their top priorities. Also, he’d thrive on the pick and roll next to Westbrook.

2. Los Angeles Lakers

The Los Angeles Lakers look quite better than they did a year ago amid LeBron James’ arrival, and adding some more veterans to mentor and help their young guns would be yet another step in the right direction.

LeBron James and Lonzo Ball are a great pick and roll players and there’s where Stoudemire does most of his damage, and he’d have limited minutes off the bench to keep his body fresh for an eventual playoff run.

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1. Houston Rockets

The Houston Rockets were the only team slightly capable of defying the Golden State Warriors and their dominant run and gun style of play, so adding Stoudemire to the mix as their small-ball center would definitely help their cause.

Also, playing next to Chris Paul would also bring the best out of him as Steve Nash did earlier in his career when he was playing for the Suns. Nevertheless, Mike D’Antoni’s relationship with him isn’t the best, to say the least.