Six-time NBA all-star Amare Stoudemire will sign a one day contract officially retire from the NBA as a New York Knick.
Stoudemire spent the majority of his 14-year NBA career with the Phoenix Suns, who selected him with the ninth overall pick of the 2002 draft out of high school. He was named the Rookie of the Year after averaging over 13 points and and eight rebounds per game.
After the Suns fell to the Lakers in the 2010 Conference Championship, Stoudemire took his talents to the Big Apple, and signed a five-year contract worth about $99.7 million. He set a franchise record with nine straight 30-point games, and was joined by Carmelo Anthony in 2012.
He also participated in the 2004 Olympics in Athens, where the United States won a bronze medal.
Stoudemire was waived by the Knicks during the 2015 season, and signed with the Dallas Mavericks for the remainder of the 2015 season.
Stoudemire played just 56 games for the Miami Heat last season, and averaged a career-low 5.8 points per game in under 15 minutes per game.
Injuries have ultimately left a hole in Stoudemire's career, particularly with his knees. The center under went microfracture surgery early in his career, but dealt with chronic pain throughout his career. A detached retina injury also forced him to miss time.
NBA fans have questioned Stoudemire's decision to retire as a Knick, despite the bulk of his prime came in Phoenix. Stoudemire ranks within the top five in Suns history in the majority of both offensive and defensive categories, and helped take them to five playoff seasons.