Amar'e Stoudemire during an NBA game earlier this year. (Photo: Christian Petersen / Getty)

Amar'e Stoudemire to relocate to Israel in 2015?

NBA player contemplates a future overseas.

New York Knicks power forward Amar'e Stoudemire could be packing his bags for Israel to play for a new team. Stoudemire signed a nearly $100 million free agent contract with the Knicks in the summer of 2010, and he only has one more year left on the deal.

There's speculation he might join Hapoel Jerusalem, one of Israel's winningest basketball teams. He's part of an ownership group with a majority stake in the team. "We'll see," Stoudemire told Fox Sports. "You can't rule anything out. The future is unknown and so if I have an opportunity to [play in Israel] and am still in great health, it would be great. I have one more year left on my deal and we’ll go from there."

Stoudemire is no stranger to Jerusalem, having visited there on several occasions. He once met with President Shimon Peres who invited him to play for the national team. In 2013, Stoudemire applied for Israeli citizenship.

While Stoudemire's Knicks didn't make the playoffs this season, the NBA's two Israeli players, Omri Casspi and Gal Mekel, are both experiencing playoff basketball for their respective teams (the Houston Rockets and the Dallas Mavericks) right now.


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Amar'e Stoudemire to relocate to Israel in 2015?
New York Knicks power forward contemplates a future overseas.