Amar'e Stoudemire ends his run with the New York Knicks with a buyout and begins his time with the Mavericks with a poem. " I will be forever grateful for the opportunity to contribute positively on the court and in the community, although I leave the Knicks with a heavy heart, I wish the organization the best of luck. Once a Knick always a Knick."

This is a rare sentiment expressed in professional sports especially considering that players frequently leave teams to chase bigger paychecks. The 32-year-old "STAT" may have seen the best days of his career used in several faulty Knicks playoff runs. This marks the second big name signing for the aging Dallas Mavericks this season. With Rajon Rondo running the point and former Knick Tyson Chandler in the mix,  the Mavericks  may have some extra gas left in the tank for a playoff run.