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Report: Suns pursuing trade with Knicks for Iman Shumpert

Feb 9, 2013, 8:13 PM EDT

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There were reports circulating that the Knicks had interest in acquiring Jared Dudley from the Suns, but the assets most thought that New York would actually be willing to part with to make the deal work didn’t seem to be anything that would be considered enticing by Phoenix.

Now that the name of Iman Shumpert has emerged as someone the Suns have interest in, there may be something in the works.

From Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports:

As the Phoenix Suns try to reshuffle their roster for the future, their front office remains motivated to try to acquire New York Knicks guard Iman Shumpert, league sources told Yahoo! Sports.

The Suns are willing to give New York a package that includes forward Jared Dudley and possibly a future first-round pick for Shumpert, but the Knicks have so far shown no inclination to do such a deal, sources said.

Shumpert is still on his rookie contract, which means he’s making less than $2 million in this, his second season in the league. He has a team option of under $3 million for next season, and requires a qualifying offer of under $4 million the year after that to retain his rights in restricted free agency.

Dudley, meanwhile, has three years left and close to $13 million remaining on his current deal, which includes a player option in that final contract season.

From a talent perspective, this deal makes sense for both sides. The Knicks are right behind the Heat near the top of the Eastern Conference standings, and could use a player like Dudley to shore up the roster for the postseason. Dudley is a high-IQ player that can defend and score when given the opportunity, with his one downside being the fact that he lacks in overall athleticism.

Shumpert, in his second NBA season, has already proven himself to be an above-average perimeter defender, and his youth and athleticism would be welcome in Phoenix for a Suns team that is in a clear transitional stage, and needs to rebuild with young and inexpensive talent to begin the long road back to legitimacy.

The price of Dudley and a future first rounder seems a bit high for Shumpert’s services, but if other players might end up being included in such a deal, preliminarily it would seem to be one that could benefit both teams in the immediate future.

  1. angulocarlos1 - Feb 9, 2013 at 8:16 PM

    God I hate Suns management, absolutely no direction just random transactions, I’m a sad suns fan

    • chevyss69 - Feb 10, 2013 at 1:34 AM

      I would like to see Dudly come to the Nuggets for Mozgov. Also Gortat come to the Nuggets

    • fanofevilempire - Feb 10, 2013 at 7:24 AM

      The only people who thinks this is a good trade for both side is Brett and Pheonix.

      When Rook is 100 % he will be a lock down back court defender.
      Woody won’t let him go.
      All the Knicks Need is to get Camby and Sheed back have a healthy team and they
      will be ready to roll for the playoffs.

      This is not even a possibility.

  2. sportsnut101 - Feb 9, 2013 at 8:27 PM

    Dumb move for Knicks. They really have no 1 like iman who can defend. Last yr before hurt he gave a lot of fits to everyone
    He needs time back from the injury of course but I wouldn’t make this deal

  3. inthearex - Feb 9, 2013 at 8:48 PM

    This deal makes no sense for the Knicks. If you’re really trying to chase the heat you need to have athletic wing defenders and shumpert is one of the best. Plus he’s young and he’s cheap (for now). No need for the Knicks to make this move.

    • saint1997 - Feb 9, 2013 at 9:39 PM

      exactly. This kid has All-Star potential and could be the 2nd best player on a future Knicks contender team, why on earth would they trade him for Dudley and a first round pick they hope turns out to be someone as good as Shumpert?

  4. qpoiu1 - Feb 9, 2013 at 8:50 PM

    The Knicks would be crazy to do this! Shumpert’s defense is essential if they wanna win the championship!

  5. newyorkfootballjets - Feb 9, 2013 at 8:55 PM

    Noooo!! my fav player and future of the knicks for jared DUDley, is this a joke? Wtf is wrong with the knicks. Who is gonna guard lebron or wade , d.rose in the playoffs ? Not DUDley and NOT melo , he cant get into foul trouble. Shump is a shut down perimeter defender .

  6. football58 - Feb 9, 2013 at 9:08 PM

    Does Shumpert know it is not the 1980’s anymore?

    • kavika6 - Feb 11, 2013 at 5:54 AM

      Exactly what I was thinking.

  7. dabceb - Feb 9, 2013 at 9:13 PM

    Ok… so when will Shumpert play with JR and Kidd playing SG? Also, isn’t Brewer still on the team?

    • saint1997 - Feb 9, 2013 at 9:40 PM

      you clearly don’t watch any Knicks games so you don’t understand how that rotation works. Shump is starting right now and Kidd is playing some 1 whilst JR has played some 3. Brewer is completely out of the rotation now. There are more than enough minutes for him

  8. sonyguts - Feb 9, 2013 at 9:16 PM

    Sorry Phoenix, I don’t know if you’ve heard but Isaiah’s not running the team anymore so you guys can dream on. Knicks are not trading their only athletic player and best perimeter defender for a 6’7″ power forward. No disrespect to Dudley, I would love to acquire him but Phx needs to get real.

  9. twreck13 - Feb 9, 2013 at 10:36 PM

    Angulocarlos just be happy y’all didn’t get Eric Gordon

  10. gbsfinest420 - Feb 10, 2013 at 1:58 AM

    WOW??? wtf why would the knicks trade shumpert??? Let me guess… Carmello doesnt want him to take any shine from him… this would be a dumb move by the knicks

    • fventricle - Feb 10, 2013 at 10:12 AM

      dude no one said the Knicks are looking to trade Shump, the Suns are, not Knicks…can you read?

  11. Mr. Wright 212 - Feb 10, 2013 at 3:44 AM

    This is all coming from Dudley’s agent and Dudley himself, as he just wants out of One Direction (DOWNWARD) aka the Phoenix Suns organization.

  12. bigbillkahuna - Feb 10, 2013 at 3:46 AM

    Uh oh…..sounds like Isiah is whispering in the ear of Dolan again.

  13. eflem80 - Feb 10, 2013 at 6:49 AM

    There’s no way the Knicks do this….makes no sense & Grunwald has been making nothing but genius moves since becoming GM….this wouldn’t fit his m.o.

  14. bcjim - Feb 10, 2013 at 8:04 AM


  15. nokoolaidcowboy - Feb 10, 2013 at 8:15 AM

    First Lin, now Shump? Knicks need to keep some young legs.

  16. drobstad - Feb 10, 2013 at 9:51 AM

    While a Phoenix Suns first round pick is enticing and Dudley is a nice player… NO WAY SHOULD THE KNICKS EVEN CONSIDER THIS. Shumpert is an unbelievable defender who can shoot the three, finish with authority and handle the ball. He doesn’t excel in any of those offensive parts of the game but he is certainly well above average in all of them while adding top of the league wing defense.
    Dudley can shoot threes. Big deal.
    Terrible offer, absolutely not do we trade Shump Daddy and his flat top!
    Besides… we gonna let Dudley eat into Novak’s minutes?!?! Not a chance.

    • fventricle - Feb 10, 2013 at 10:13 AM

      they are not considering it, the Suns want it, not Knicks..

  17. azcards - Feb 10, 2013 at 11:20 AM

    For all you that think Dudley is a Dud, then you don’t watch his game because if you did you would realize Dudley is a piece the knocks cod use now to win now. He is not a future piece but to get a Suns first rounder would almost definitely be a lottery pick for a future piece. Iman is not irreplaceable for the Knicks and he will never be more then a quality role player. Phoenix would be stupid to do this because they could get more for an all out player in Dudley and they should not be trading draft picks right now at all.

    • Mr. Wright 212 - Feb 10, 2013 at 1:30 PM

      Dude had games of NONE POINTS and 3 points in the past week. STOP.

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