With money to spend to satisfy salary-cap spending requirements, the Philadelphia 76ers could be the soft landing the New York Knicks need to unload veteran forward A'mare Stoudemire.
The New York Post reported Tuesday that Knicks president Phil Jackson has talked with the 76ers about a possible deal.
Stoudemire activated his 2014-15 season option and is scheduled to make $23.4 million next season.
The Collective Bargaining Agreement requires all teams to spend 90 percent of their allotted salary cap space, and the 76ers would likely add draft picks in return to taking on beefy contracts soon to expire. Philadelphia has $30 million in cap room.
According to reports, Stoudemire and Iman Shumpert are being shopped and the 76ers showed some interest. The Post mentioned Tim Hardaway Jr. as a trade possibility and added that Andrea Bargnani could be on the block.
Philadelphia is also reportedly open to other trades, including for Houston Rockets point guard Jeremy Lin.
The 31-year-old Stoudemire has been plagued by injuries in recent years. He told the Post that he wants to get back to the level he played three seasons ago when he averaged more than 25 points per game.
Stoudemire averaged a career-low 11.9 points and 4.9 rebounds per game last season.