With the Feb. 21 NBA trade deadline fast approaching, it had been rumored on Saturday night that the Knicks and Suns were talking about a potential trade for Knicks guard Iman Shumpert.
In the initial report by Yahoo! Sports, the Knicks would receive sharpshooter Jared Dudley and a potential future first round pick for Shumpert.
However, ESPN New York reported on Sunday morning that the trade was “unlikely at this point” and the Knicks were “performing their due diligence” with the trade deadline just a week and a half away.
Shumpert’s long term value to the Knicks has been debated by many people throughout the organization. In just his second year in the league, Shumpert has already established himself as a premiere perimeter defender. At 6-foot-5 and 220 pounds, he has the size and has showcased athleticism that gives many around the team hope that he will soon develop offensively.
However, the Knicks are in a position where they want to win an NBA championship now and they are seeking one more shooter to add to the team. The Knicks lead the league in three point shots attempted and made per game (29.2 and 11.2 respectively).
They are so inclined to add a shooter that as the oldest team in the league (their average age at the beginning of the season was 32 years and 240 days old) they would consider trading their youngest player to get it.
Along with Dudley, the Knicks have also had their eye on Magic guard J.J. Redick but other teams such as the Bulls and Pacers have also shown interest in Redick.
Although the Knicks want to add a shooter, they should reconsider their view on Shumpert who still has a lot of potential. Recently, they have struggled on defense as a team and losing their best perimeter defender is not going to help that.
To go along with that, Shumpert has shot well from three since he returned from an ACL injury just 11 games ago. Entering Sunday’s game with the Clippers, Shumpert was 12-of-28 (42.9 percent) from behind the arc.
He might only be a 32.4 percent shooter from three for his career, but he is only in his second season. Maybe his shot is improving, so maybe the Knicks shouldn’t give up on him just yet.
If this team source is right, the Knicks have no intentions on doing that.
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