The move came a day after the Heat signed Phoenix Suns free-agent guard Gerald Green to a similar one-year NBA veteran-minimum salary. With his 13-year tenure, Stoudemire will earn $1.5 million, with his luxury-tax and salary-cap hit at less than $1 million.
With the signings of Stoudemire and Green, it signals an apparent reversal of utilizing younger supporting players alongside Dwyane Wade, Goran Dragic and Chris Bosh, after last season going with the likes of James Ennis, Tyler Johnson and Shabazz Napier for depth.
“We are very fortunate that a proven All-Star like Amare has chosen the Miami Heat,” Heat 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.”
Shortly after Stoudemire signed, Heat center Hassan Whiteside posted on Twitter, “Welcome to the family.”
For his part, Stoudemire posted on his Twitter account, “It’s official Miami Heat. From Polk County to Dade County. #FloridaBoy. Miami Standup!!”
Stoudemire becomes the 13th Heat player under a fully guaranteed contract, with Whiteside’s partially guaranteed deal all but assured of carrying him through the season.
Free-agent guard Marcus Thornton also visited Friday with the Heat, with no decision made on the 3-point shooter who finished last season with the Phoenix Suns.