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Report: Lakers called Knicks to express interest in Iman Shumpert

Dec 15, 2013, 9:30 AM EST

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The Lakers have exactly zero healthy point guards on the roster at the moment, and for a team experiencing more than its fair share of injury issues for the second straight season, it makes sense to make cursory calls around the league to see who might be available in trade.

Iman Shumpert — not a point guard obviously, but a talented two-way player — has been receiving sideways looks from the Knicks since he couldn’t finish a Summer League stint due to a prior commitment with adidas, and it’s been rumored that he could be had in a deal for the right price.

The Lakers, according to a report from Chris Broussard of ESPN.com, contacted the Knicks to see if indeed that was the case.

The Lakers recently called the Knicks to express their interest in Iman Shumpert, according to sources close to the situation.

No trade is imminent, and sources say the Lakers’ call was more about doing their due diligence; it’s well-known Shumpert is available. The Lakers are unlikely to make a deal before the end of their current four-game trip, which concludes Tuesday night in Memphis. …

Sources say the Lakers also are interested in another Knicks player — center Tyson Chandler. The Lakers did not inquire about Chandler when they called about Shumpert, but they are weighing whether to propose a Pau Gasol-for-Chandler trade, according to sources.

Gasol may be on the block, but it’s unclear if the Knicks would trade the anchor of their defense in Chandler for a player more suited to producing on the offensive end of the floor. On the Lakers side, Gasol’s contract comes off the books at the end of the season. But if they take on Chandler, who comes with major health concerns, they’ll have committed to his $14.5 million salary for an additional season.

Back to Shumpert, it’s important to remember here that this is what general managers do — they are in constant discussions with other teams about possible trade scenarios throughout the season. But with the Lakers dealing with so many injuries and needing desperately to upgrade the talent on the roster to try to make a push for a spot in the postseason, it would appear that these types of calls will increase in frequency as the Feb. 20 trade deadline approaches.

  1. miamiheatdynasty - Dec 15, 2013 at 9:49 AM

    21ShumpStreet and Amare for Gasol and ????

    • Kevin S. - Dec 15, 2013 at 10:07 AM

      Lakers don’t have nearly a bad enough contract to make them take on Shump/STAT.

      • legend30 - Dec 15, 2013 at 10:23 AM

        Kevin S.,

        I hope you realize Shumpert only makes about 1 million this season. The Lakers could trade Gasol and Jodie Meeks for A’mare and Shumpert. Do I think this trade will happen? No. Why would the Lakers want an additional year of Stoudemire’s salary?

      • Kevin S. - Dec 16, 2013 at 10:21 PM

        Yes, I’m well aware of Shumpert’s contract status. My point was that the Lakers don’t have a crappy enough contract to offset Amar’e’s contract. I’m mocking the idea that there’s any deal that would make the Lakers be willing to take back Amar’e.

    • fanofevilempire - Dec 15, 2013 at 12:09 PM

      hahahhahahahahahaha

      any of you fools that think the knickerbockers are trading Shump and Chandler to the Lakers
      for a slow footed Gasol better get you head straight.

      #foolish rumors

      • asimonetti88 - Dec 15, 2013 at 11:54 PM

        Amare Stoudemire and Tyson Chandler are different people.

      • redbaronx - Dec 16, 2013 at 1:11 PM

        @fanofevilempire – For once I agree with you….Even the Knicks wouldn’t be that foolish!

    • pbtunpaidwriter - Dec 15, 2013 at 3:39 PM

      Talented 2 way player? What’s the second way? It aint offense.

  2. Kevin S. - Dec 15, 2013 at 10:06 AM

    “but a talented two-way player”

    Why are we still pretending this is true? He’s done dick-all on offense in his short career. He showed a flash of potentially having a three-point shot last year, but that’s been bracketed by ineptitude from the arc this year and his first year. He shoots well from the stripe, but he never gets there. Basically, you’re looking at a guy that’s 51st among SG in PER, 49th in True Shooting Percentage, barely uses any possessions… I mean, that’s not a good offensive player. The talent might be there to tease out something passable down the road, but it just hasn’t manifested itself at all yet.

  3. shanelsweet - Dec 15, 2013 at 10:15 AM

    I wish Carmelo would hurry up and tell Dolan who he wants to play with for the rest of the year and maybe next year.

  4. timcast12 - Dec 15, 2013 at 11:55 AM

    Are Knicks fans going to be mad once Carmelo leaves NY to play in LA?

    • fanofevilempire - Dec 15, 2013 at 12:10 PM

      you Raptor fans are so funny.

      • jimeejohnson - Dec 15, 2013 at 1:18 PM

        I know, right! The Lakers want no part of that second rate superstar. Melo belongs in the sphincter of the universe, New Yawk, with all the feces that live there.

  5. Kevin S. - Dec 15, 2013 at 12:05 PM

    Huh, looks like WordPress ate my post. Let’s try that again:

    “but a talented two-way player”

    Why are we still pretending this is true? He’s done little on offense in his short career. He showed a flash of potentially having a three-point shot last year, but that’s been bracketed by ineptitude from the arc this year and his first year. He shoots well from the stripe, but he never gets there. Basically, you’re looking at a guy that’s 51st among SG in PER, 49th in True Shooting Percentage, barely uses any possessions… I mean, that’s not a good offensive player. The talent might be there to tease out something passable down the road, but it just hasn’t manifested itself at all yet.

  6. nyeagles10 - Dec 15, 2013 at 12:40 PM

    no way melo pulls a cano. not happening

  7. 00maltliquor - Dec 15, 2013 at 1:41 PM

    TYSON CHANDLER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    That would make my LIFE!! I don’t expect no one to understand it but I’ve been cheering for him since High School. He went to my dad’s high school, him and Tayshaun Prince and I’ve drafted and started the both of them on NBA Live/2K for a decade straight on Association Mode (2K). If we get Chandler (and hopefully they throw in MWP as a bonus!!) I will literally lose it!

  8. 32magicman - Dec 15, 2013 at 3:30 PM

    Maybe trade coaches instead.

  9. av416 - Dec 15, 2013 at 5:10 PM

    This would be a great deal for the Lakers. There is no chance we’d take Amare and I can’t even see why we’d want Tyson, Pau comes off the books at years end and we move on. Salary beyond this year is not what the Lakers want obviously. What they need is some athleticism in their back court, even with a healthy Steve Blake him and Kobe can easily be exposed. Shumpert is a defensive guy that brings much needed jump to our back court. In terms of what we’d give for him….I am at a total loss on that one

  10. percybowl - Dec 15, 2013 at 5:38 PM

    it’s funny how the Lakers always think they are sitting on a gold mine with Gasol. I’ve seen quite a few rumors these last few years and it always involves some pretty decent younger player and then the sentiment is “Lakers are pondering offering Gasol” lol so delusuional. Nobody wants him, especially for what they expect in return.

    • asimonetti88 - Dec 15, 2013 at 11:55 PM

      Hey, remember when the Lakers traded Pau for Chris Paul? Yeah, me too.

      • Kevin S. - Dec 16, 2013 at 9:51 AM

        Hey, remember when Gasol was two years younger, still healthy and not just a 60-game rental?

      • asimonetti88 - Dec 16, 2013 at 11:16 PM

        Yeah, the Gasol who was two years younger, but clearly declining and still had three years and over $50 million still owed to him?

      • Kevin S. - Dec 17, 2013 at 9:36 AM

        At the time of the trade, Gasol was not “clearly declining.” He had just posted the highest PER of his career, coming off the second-highest PER of his career the year before. His per-game counting numbers were down a little because his usage was down a little, but that comes with going from being The Man in Memphis to playing next to Kobe. Gasol did not actually begin to decline until after the trade didn’t happen.

    • redbaronx - Dec 16, 2013 at 1:18 PM

      @percybowl – There’s a lot of denial going around about Gasol’s declined skills. Fans and Laker management lead that parade!

      The Lakers will finally get it after people continually reject Gasol discussions. They would almost have to pay someone to take on his salary due to the return on investment he can provide.

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