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Report: Knicks trading Shumpert to Phoenix “unlikely”

Feb 11, 2013, 9:11 AM EDT

Iman Shumpert AP

Phoenix is rebuilding and they want to acquire young assets in that process. Guys like, say, Iman Shumpert of the New York Knicks.

Which is why a proposed trade that sent Shumpert to the Suns and Jared Dudley or some other pieces to the Knicks made sense for Phoenix. Just not as much for New York where they are still very high on Shumpert.

Which is why the trade is not one you can expect to see, reports ESPNNewYork.com.

The New York Knicks are listening to trade offers for Iman Shumpert, but a team source said a deal that would send the second-year guard to the Phoenix Suns for Dudley as part of a multiplayer package is “unlikely at this point.”

And Carmelo Anthony doesn’t really want it anyway.

“We don’t need to make no moves,” Knicks star Carmelo told ESPNNewYork.com. “No, we’re good. … What are we going to go get? I don’t know what we going to go get for (Shumpert).”

With Jason Kidd’s shot apparently having deserted him and the Knicks three-point shooting overall having taken a dive the Knicks want a shooter. And Dudley is shooting 38.9 percent from three and for his career shoots better than 40 percent from beyond the arc. On paper he fits their needs.

But the Knicks will need a perimeter defender in the playoffs and Shumpert is the best they have. Plus Shumpert is popular with the fans and much of the front office. It’s unlikely they move him unless the deal blows them away. And the offer from Phoenix does not.

  1. connorchew - Feb 11, 2013 at 10:07 AM

    it would be a mistake to trade that hair cut.

  2. money2long - Feb 11, 2013 at 10:11 AM

    remember when devin harris was supposed to be the upcoming star in the making when he was a rookie in dallas? not saying shump will fall off like he did, but my point is, when you are talking young talent, it’s always a gamble when you are deciding to keep him or trade him for assets. you need to ask yourself if he will really take off and fulfill his potential or do you ship him off while he is at peak trade value. the knicks will most likely keep him for the season, but any signs that he will not asend talent wise as much as they hope, the knicks will start sniffing around the trade mill to see what they could garner for him. my hopes are that shumpert becomes a good wing player and plays out his best seasons as a knick.

  3. eflem80 - Feb 11, 2013 at 10:30 AM

    No kidding its not likely….makes no sense.

  4. 00maltliquor - Feb 11, 2013 at 10:38 AM

    That headline should really read

    Knicks trading Shumpert to Phoenix “Never gonna happen”

    The fact that the window is still cracked open with an “unlikley” is unbelievably moronic.

  5. cantonbound13 - Feb 11, 2013 at 10:47 AM

    I’d only trade Shumpert if somehow they can pull off a trade for Evan Turner.

    • Mr. Wright 212 - Feb 11, 2013 at 12:41 PM

      Turner is a head case. It affects his offensive game and he isn’t half the defender (although he has the ability to eventually be) that Shump is/will peak to be.

  6. readysethike - Feb 11, 2013 at 12:39 PM

    this type of trade wouldn’t even be agreed to on 2k13. at the end of the season when majority of the knicks old guys retire, you need shumpert as a piece with melo to build around. there is not a perimeter defender on that team that plays better D then shump. Dudley at best is just a poor mans steve novak.

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