By Christopher Cason

At 32, and set to enter his 14th season when the 2015-16 campaign tips off, Amar’e Stoudemire is headed home.

Just last week, the power forward signed a one-year deal with the Miami Heat, adding another veteran presence to a franchise looking to retool after injuries riddled the roster last year.

Hailing from South Florida, Stoudemire starred at Orlando’s Cypress Creek High School before being drafted ninth overall by the Phoenix Suns in the 2002 NBA Draft. He has had a home in Miami for some time now. He’s also taken classes and done workouts in the past at Florida International University and the University of Miami.

“We are very fortunate that a proven All-Star like Amar’e has chosen the Miami Heat,” team president Pat Riley said in a statement. “He is going to bring gravitas, leadership and a hardworking mentality to our team as we look to win another championship in Miami.”

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