Report: Amar’e to play in NBA World Tour

New York Knicks forward Amar’e Stoudemire has committed to play in the NBA World Tour, the New York Post reported Monday.

The planned junket is expected to become official with an announcement early this week.

Stoudemire’s teammate, Carmelo Anthony, said last week during a local appearance that he is on board for the six-game, four-continent exhibition, which could begin next weekend.

According to an ESPN report Sunday, players are signing contracts that could pay them between $100,000 and $1 million. It stated 14 players have committed contractually, but insurance issues make it a complicated process.

Cal Darden, an Atlanta businessman, is staging the tour that would include Kobe Bryant, LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and NBA MVP Derrick Rose. The tour is scheduled to begin Oct. 30 in Puerto Rico. Also on tap are two games in London, one in Macau and two games in Australia.

Last night, Anthony and Stoudemire were in Oklahoma City, playing in a charity game organized by the Thunder’s Kevin Durant.

The planning of the world tour comes with the NBA labor negotiations at a stalemate. The latest round of talks broke up Thursday night with the owners and players unable to agree on how to split the league’s $4 billion in annual revenue.

The first two weeks of the regular season have already been canceled, and an announcement of more cancellations is expected this week since no further negotiating sessions are planned.