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Stephen A. Smith, speaking off the air, says Knicks owner James Dolan wanted to trade Iman Shumpert

Jul 17, 2013, 12:29 PM EDT

During a taping of an ESPN interview with Dwight Howard conducted by Stephen A. Smith, apparently someone was able to watch via the satellite feed, and then record it as it happened.

What that led to was some off-camera comments that were obviously not meant for public consumption being released into the wild, and it paints James Dolan, the owner of the New York Knicks, in a less-than-flattering light where his basketball decision-making is concerned.

“And by the way, Dolan was ready to trade [Iman Shumpert] because he didn’t want to work out in the summer league,” Smith tells Howard in the video clip above. “Dolan’s talking about trading him. I said, ‘trade who? You better hold on to that boy. You better not lose Iman Shumpert.’ That boy can play.”

Shumpert participated in the Knicks first Summer League game, before heading off to China on a pre-planned promotional tour with adidas.

It’s worth keeping in mind that reporters who are plugged in around the league hear a lot of things, most of which aren’t close to actually happening. The items that are truly legit get turned into stories on the mainstream national websites fairly quickly, so the fact that this tidbit wasn’t one of these would lead us to believe it was a fleeting thought by the Knicks owner, rather than a more serious intention.

[via Deadspin]

  1. cnyphinfan - Jul 17, 2013 at 12:43 PM

    Absolutely believe this……..Dolan is horrible…….let’s trade our best young player when our roster is full of up and coming hungry young athletic defensive starts…..oh wait……..exactly!

    Glen Grunwald is doing a great job because he is not listening to Dolan! Thankfully!

  2. zeedoubleyou - Jul 17, 2013 at 12:46 PM

    Dolan Logic:

    If Bargnani was worth a 1st round pick, Shumpert could probably bring back 3 in return.

    Dolan Leadership:

    Tell the FO to shop Shumpert for 3 1st round picks but settle for a conditional 2nd if someone offers it.

  3. readysethike - Jul 17, 2013 at 12:51 PM

    if he would trade anyone it should be Amare. Shumpert is going to be one of the best defenders in the league

    • asimonetti88 - Jul 17, 2013 at 1:07 PM

      They should trade Dolan.

      • spthegr8 - Jul 17, 2013 at 2:38 PM

        ^^^^^ They wouldn’t get much in return for him!!!^^^^^^

      • turdfurgerson68 - Jul 17, 2013 at 3:13 PM

        Trade…the owner?

        So stupid.

      • seanrocc - Jul 17, 2013 at 4:05 PM

        ^^^@turdfurgerson68: so stupid? yes. yes you are terdfurgerson

    • spthegr8 - Jul 17, 2013 at 2:59 PM

      NOBODY wants Amare’s contract and Shumpert IS one of the best defenders in the league!!!

  4. tigers182 - Jul 17, 2013 at 12:57 PM

    Wasn’t Bargnani traded for 2 first round picks?

    • asimonetti88 - Jul 17, 2013 at 1:06 PM

      He was traded for Marcus Camby, Steve Novak, Quinton Richardson, a 2016 1st round draft pick, a 2014 2nd round draft pick and a 2017 2nd round draft pick. The Raptors are in the process of buying out Camby.

      • musician0785 - Jul 17, 2013 at 2:16 PM

        so basically he was traded for spare parts

      • zeedoubleyou - Jul 17, 2013 at 3:10 PM

        I’d rather have the 2016 1st than the rest of the package (Bargnani included) combined. Imagine the value of that pick if Carmelo opts out and bolts.

    • revischrist16 - Jul 17, 2013 at 4:21 PM

      Denver has the right to swap 2016 1st round picks with the Knicks, so there wasn’t a ton of value to that draft pick

  5. hartdaddy - Jul 17, 2013 at 1:02 PM

    Dolan, The Knicks are not gonna trade it’s second best player on the team just because he didn’t play in the Summer League… Grunwald knows what he’s doing. Shut up & run your business & let the GM you hired run the team, that’s how this works ok?

  6. shockexchange - Jul 17, 2013 at 1:09 PM

    Telling “what had happened” and “what you done seen or heard?” He even told it to another player around the league. Stephen A. Smith just broke 500 codes of the streets.

  7. kb2408 - Jul 17, 2013 at 1:10 PM

    Melo’s going to look awesome in the PURPLE AND GOLD next season!!

    • anhdazman - Jul 17, 2013 at 5:53 PM

      Knick fans don’t want to believe it, but I also agree with you kb2408. NY Knicks management don’t really know what direction they’re going. They’re not really putting the right pieces together to compliment Melo up in NY.

    • caeser12 - Jul 17, 2013 at 6:46 PM

      Laker fans, after all these years of talking about Melo, like he was the most worthless player in the league, all of a sudden have visions of him in Purple and Gold.

      Bizarro World.

      • 00maltliquor - Jul 18, 2013 at 2:29 AM

        Not me. No thank you. He’s a good player, and I like him for the Knicks….just not for me and the Lakers though. Just my opinion though.

  8. yousuxxors - Jul 17, 2013 at 1:19 PM

    they ended up keeping their first pick

  9. dirtydavis - Jul 17, 2013 at 1:43 PM

    This is pretty cool… I was wondered what/how things went down before the interview

  10. Sports King of this world - Jul 17, 2013 at 1:48 PM

    Wow I’m not sure if this is good or bad.. Shumpert is an ok baller

  11. sdelmonte - Jul 17, 2013 at 2:33 PM

    Smith, no matter his failings as a talk show host, seems remarkably well connected. Doesn’t mean Dolan was actually going to do this. But it sounds sadly believable.

  12. marcusfitzhugh - Jul 17, 2013 at 4:03 PM

    Does that mean the owner really wanted to trade him? An owner says, “Shumps not playing summer league? After missing most of last season? I should trade him to mars.”

    If the owner really wanted to trade Shump, you’d hear the other half of the equation – “for what”?

    Shump’s not going anywhere. Summer league, followed by the dog days of summer, then training camp, and preseason. We’re going to hear a lot of noise before the season opens.

  13. themars211 - Jul 17, 2013 at 4:21 PM

    Hey you can trade him to Mars!!! I’ll turn him over to the Lakers….God knows we need young athletic defenders right now. While you are in a trading mood send me Carmelo and see if you can get the T Wolves to trade Kevin Love….lmao. Now back to my bong….Dwight can leave…we still have Cali Kush…lol

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