Amar’e Stoudemire announced his retirement from the NBA last week, but he’s not fully giving up the game.
According to ESPN, the 33-year-old will play next season in Israel for the team he partially owns, Hapoel Jerusalem.
The deal is done for Stoudemire to play for Hapoel Jerusalem in 2016-17. He’s scheduled to travel to Israel next week as part of an NBA Cares initiative, organized by the first Israeli to ever play in the NBA — Sacramento’s Omri Casspi.
He’s held an ownership stake in Hapoel Jerusalem since the summer of 2013, after Israeli tech magnate Ori Allon became the club’s majority owner.
The news follows his retirement announcement last week, shortly after signing a non-guaranteed contract with the New York Knicks, in which he was immediately waived, so he could retire as a Knick.
During his career, Stoudemire averaged 18.9 points and 7.8 rebounds in 846 games over 14 seasons with Phoenix, New York, Dallas and Miami. He is also a six-time All-Star and was selected to two All-NBA first teams, in addition to being the NBA’s Rookie of the Year in 2003.