By Earl K. Sneed

Although he proved to be a nice mid-season addition to the Dallas Mavericks, veteran big man Amar’e Stoudemire now finds his future uncertain as he once again enters free agency.

Receiving a buyout from the New York Knicks during the All-Star break, the 6-foot-10 Stoudemire didn’t wait long to sign with the Mavericks on Feb. 18 after clearing waivers. He then quickly provided the Mavs with an immediate boost in the interior, backing up starting center Tyson Chandler and fortifying the Dallas bench.

But, after appearing in 23 games for the Mavericks this season and seeing the team fall in the first round of the playoffs, Stoudemire again finds himself searching for an opportunity to compete for an elusive NBA title.

“It was solid,” Stoudemire said of his short stint with the Mavs this season. “It was my first time in a situation where I joined a team mid-season. There were a lot of adjustments to be made. For the most part, we had it figured out and had a successful year. It was a positive.”

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