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Report: Thunder had interest in trading for Iman Shumpert

Feb 20, 2014, 1:39 PM EDT

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There was progress made on talks Wednesday between the Knicks and the Clippers that centered around a trade involving Iman Shumpert.

It would have been a disaster for the Knicks, who would have received Darren Collison (who isn’t good) and Matt Barnes or Reggie Bullock in exchange for Shumpert and Raymond Felton.

Discussions eventually faded, however, and then Shumpert suffered a knee injury in Wednesday’s win in New Orleans, which clouded the picture regarding his trade value entirely.

Another team has emerged as a potential suitor for Shumpert at this late hour on deadline day, though the status of his injury may very well prevent anything from going down before 3 p.m. Eastern.

Take that second one with plenty of grains of salt, but you get the idea — OKC has (or at least had) legitimate interest, and the Knicks price tag of a first round pick in return would mean nothing to a team in the thick of title contention.

Oklahoma City has a trade exception worth $2.3 million, so they could easily absorb Shumpert’s $1.7 million contract, and might be able to remain out of luxury tax territory even after a deal was completed.

Shumpert’s injury makes this a tough one for OKC to consider, however, especially with the deadline to agree to a deal less than 90 minutes away.

  1. juicyjwebb - Feb 20, 2014 at 1:54 PM

    In all fairness, Collison isn’t horrible, and was likely a decent upgrade over Felton. Just definitely not as valuable to a team as Iman Shumpert could be.

  2. chaser44 - Feb 20, 2014 at 1:54 PM

    Not sure why they would be willing to surrender a 1st rounder for shumpert and not evan turner. They are both strong defenders, can play 2 or 3 and have limited shot range. I would say Turner is much more of a ball handler and could easily sub at pg too if westbrook is injured. I am sure there is more to it and maybe what the sixers are requesting but they apparently lowered their asking price and he would be a restricted free agent who if he flourishes with the team they could retain or let go at no real cost.

    • detectivejimmymcnulty - Feb 20, 2014 at 2:13 PM

      I’d say you answered your own question. Turner could potentially be priced out of returning while Shumpert in under contract for next season as well.

  3. chaser44 - Feb 20, 2014 at 1:58 PM

    * no cost if as you say the first rounder means nothing to a team in the thick of title contention

  4. jolink653 - Feb 20, 2014 at 1:58 PM

    Wow, so the Knicks can’t even get this right because Shumpert wound up getting hurt the day before the deadline. Not that it’s the team’s fault here, but this really is such a Murphy’s Law season. A first round pick in a loaded draft would have been nice

    • nykfanwakemeupin2015 - Feb 20, 2014 at 3:42 PM

      Not from a team who will most likely go to the finals

      For once the Knicks made the right move which was no move. Bring in a new coach se what this kid and if he still plays poorly move him next year….

      • sportsfan18 - Feb 20, 2014 at 10:09 PM

        The Knicks TRIED to move him. Saying they made the right move by not making one is being generous.

        Then, some concerned Knick fan went and stomped on Shump’s knee to squelch the trade…

        Dolan was so pissed, the tan is no longer allowed to use the restrooms while in Madison Square Garden anymore…

  5. jtbsteeler - Feb 20, 2014 at 2:30 PM

    Another unfounded rumor. No truth.

  6. csbanter - Feb 20, 2014 at 2:47 PM

    The Thunder have Shumpert on its roster already with Thabo. NBC sports talk is a great alternative to the world wide leader but sometimes the articles are way out there.

    • asimonetti88 - Feb 20, 2014 at 3:34 PM

      This rumor is from the Worldwide Leader. Both Ian Begley and Chris Broussard work for the Mothership.

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