Amar'e Stoudemire
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Amar’e Stoudemire has reportedly committed to joining the Dallas Mavericks, as expected.

The decision comes hours after the New York Knicks waived the 32-year-old big man, as part of a buyout agreement, which will allow him to join a playoff contender.

Although Stoudemire has committed, the deal with the Mavs will not become official until he clears waivers on Wednesday (Feb.18) at 5 p.m. ET, when he officially becomes a free agent.

His $23.4 million salary essentially makes the waivers process a formality.

The Mavs were reported as the frontrunners for Stoudemire, but the Los Angeles Clippers and the Phoenix Suns were also among the teams interested.

Stoudemire has said he wants to compete for a championship and Dallas will give him that opportunity, as the team currently sits at fifth place in the West with a 36-19 record. This is why he wanted to leave the Knicks, who have the NBA’s worst record at 10-43.