Amar'e Stoudemire's hectic summer didn't include much basketball but it did include yet another knee surgery the Daily News has learned.
According to a Knicks source Stoudemire had an unreported surgical procedure in July to repair one of his ailing knees. The Knicks open camp on Tuesday and have yet to announce that Stoudemire has had a third knee operation in 12 months. The surgery was described as "clean up" and isn't considered major.

However the secrecy surrounding Stoudemire's latest health issue could be an indication that the club is not optimistic that they can rely on the veteran power forward. Stoudemire appeared in just 29 games last season and had debridement surgeries on both of his knees the right knee in October and the left in March.

Stoudemire was on a strict minutes restriction last season and both head coach Mike Woodson and former general manager Glen Grunwald said last May that the plan going forward was to reduce the playing time of the fragile $100 million forward.

Stoudemire's work ethic is second to none and in the past he has worked vigorously to get himself back on the court. However the Knicks management is all but resigned to the fact that Stoudemire will never return to his All Star form on a consistent basis.

Stoudemire is entering the fourth season of a five-year $100 million contract. Because of his previous knee problems Stoudemire's contract is not insured. Stoudemire's former team the Phoenix Suns were advised by their medical staff that Stoudemire would be physically limited in the third year of his contract.