(JTA) — Amar’e Stoudemire, who received a buyout from the New York Knicks, was expected to debut with the Dallas Mavericks.
Stoudemire, 32, a six-time NBA All-Star, was to play Sunday against the Charlotte Hornets in Dallas, the team announced on the day of the game.
Since signing with the Mavs on Feb. 18, the forward-center has been learning the team’s playbook and conditioning, according to ESPN. The Mavs, with a record of 37-20, are third in the Southwest Division and sixth in the Western Conference; the top eight make the playoffs.
Stoudemire, who claims “Hebrew roots,” is a minority owner of the Hapoel Jerusalem basketball team and has visited Israel.
He received a buyout on the final season of his five-year contract with the Knicks, who have the league’s worst record this season at 10-45.