Forward Amare Stoudemire underwent surgery in July to "clean up" one of his problematic knees, sources told the New York Daily News. The New York Knicks forward played in only 29 games during the 2012-13 regular season and underwent knee debridement procedures on both knees within a year of the most recent surgery.
It's unknown which knee was operated on, but it wasn't considered a major procedure. Nonetheless, the Knicks have yet to announce the surgery and it's hard to imagine they are optimistic about Stoudemire's role next season. The former All-Star was already on a minutes restriction and averaged 14.2 points and five rebounds per game off the bench last season.
Stoudemire signed with the Knicks in the summer of 2010 after being offered a long-term, max deal by the Phoenix Suns. The Suns and owner Robert Sarver, under advisement by the team's medical staff, made a stipulation of a minimum amount of minutes played in Stoudemire's contract. According to the Arizona Republic's Paul Coro, the Suns were more concerned about the health of Stoudemire's right knee than his left knee, which in 2005 required the dreaded microfracture surgery.
Entering the fourth year of a five-year, $100 million deal with the Knicks, Stoudemire now figures to play a very limited backup role on the Knicks roster and was already bound to a minutes restriction before news of the surgery surfaced.