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Report: Knicks open to trading Iman Shumpert or J.R. Smith

Jul 20, 2014, 6:30 PM EDT

Iman Shumpert, J.R. Smith AP

The Knicks are deep at shooting guard at the moment, with quality players like J.R. Smith, Iman Shumpert, Tim Hardaway Jr. and the newly-acquired Shane Larkin all expected to vie for minutes at the position next season.

Unless, of course, one or more of them is gone before then.

From Ian Begley of ESPN New York:

Working to clear the logjam in the backcourt, the Knicks are discussing their potential trade options with guards J.R. Smith, Iman Shumpert and Shane Larkin, a league source said Sunday.

“They’re working on trying to make a move in the backcourt,” the NBA source familiar with the Knicks’ thinking said.

The idea that the Knicks are trying to make a trade to balance the roster isn’t earth-shattering. President Phil Jackson and GM Steve Mills have mentioned the Knicks have a surplus in the backcourt, with Mills saying last week the Knicks are “heavy” at shooting guard.

Only Hardaway Jr. was mentioned as “untouchable” in the report, and while the other three would each seem to have a certain level of value, they also have their flaws.

Smith took home the Sixth Man of the Year award two seasons ago, but was involved in needless nonsense last season — like beginning the year with a suspension for violating the league’s drug policy, then later getting fined $50,000 for multiple incidents of untying players’ shoes.

Shumpert is known as a solid perimeter defender, but hasn’t showed the expected level of improvement expected from a third-year player with his skill set. He was also made available in trade talks last season, but the Knicks ultimately never found a deal that was to their liking.

Larkin, meanwhile, is raw and unproven, and just came over in the trade that sent Tyson Chandler back to Dallas. He is, however, one of the very few young assets on an aging Knicks roster.

  1. Mr. Wright 212 - Jul 20, 2014 at 6:41 PM

    If you HAVE to trade one, let it be Shumpert. And to a West team. He will flourish when he isn’t relegated to shooting corner 3’s all game.

    • caeser12 - Jul 20, 2014 at 9:32 PM

      That was in Clueless Woody’s “Give it to Melo and stand around and watch” system. Now he will be on the move. You get rid of anyone it’s J.R. (if you can).

      Go NY.

  2. 00maltliquor - Jul 20, 2014 at 6:49 PM

    Shane Larkin is a 5″11 PG. Not SG. You mean Wayne Ellington.

    • chiadam - Jul 20, 2014 at 8:38 PM

      PBT Faceplant #5,871,627

    • bkbell3 - Jul 21, 2014 at 12:29 AM

      thank you, saved me from replying. lol. research is a writer’s friend… At least it is on other sites.

  3. jolink653 - Jul 20, 2014 at 6:52 PM

    Honestly, I hope they keep both and see how they do in Fish’s system. I think it’s too early to give up on Shump, but I also like how J.R. played towards the end of the season. They can always make a trade during the season

    • onlyavoice - Jul 20, 2014 at 7:15 PM

      LMAO, Fish’s System.
      Do you honestly think that Fisher is going to implement anything on his own, make a decision or be able to change the lineup.
      Dolan made a BIG mistake hiring Jackson, who obviously doesn’t have a clue or a plan.

      • jcmeyer10 - Jul 20, 2014 at 8:36 PM

        Oh Jackson has a plan. The question is will Dolan stand by his word and let it happen?

    • imakcds - Jul 21, 2014 at 9:06 AM

      J.R. Smith will be totally lost in the intricate Triangle.

  4. tbutler704 - Jul 20, 2014 at 7:06 PM

    Whosoever trades for a loser like J.R. Smith should be fired immediately.

    • 00maltliquor - Jul 20, 2014 at 7:09 PM

      I bet Rob Hennigan or Stan Van Gundy does! Lol

    • 00maltliquor - Jul 20, 2014 at 7:10 PM

      Darkhorse: Sacramento

  5. 4thquartermagic - Jul 20, 2014 at 7:15 PM

    Should JR get traded I can’t wait for him to release a statement about how “shocked & upset” he is to be traded.

    Even after saying this week that he was surprised he wasn’t traded last season.

    Just something JR would do.

  6. 88heatnation - Jul 20, 2014 at 7:27 PM

    Trade the shoe untying warrior

  7. geejon - Jul 20, 2014 at 7:34 PM

    Makes no sense to trade either Smith or Shumpert right now because both their trade value is rock bottom. Shumpert has regressed every year since his first and Smith … well … between his contract and his abysmal play last year he’s close to being untradeable. Might as hold on to them and if either takes a liking to the triangle and are playing well, strike while the iron is hot and get a return then. If they both play as shaky as they did last year it cost the Knicks nothing by waiting a couple months before putting them out there.

    • smoothaswilkes - Jul 20, 2014 at 9:02 PM

      I’m not sure how you think either of those two will be able to improve their trade value playing in the triangle. Neither of them are necessarily suited for that system.

  8. ranoversquarells - Jul 20, 2014 at 7:39 PM

    New Yorkers are so delusional. If they think they can get anything short of a used tampon for Smith is laughable

    • caeser12 - Jul 20, 2014 at 9:37 PM

      Please direct me to the fan, ANY fan that came up with trading J.R. and got their post picked up nationally.

      I’ll wait.

      Go NY.

    • 22yearsagotoday - Jul 21, 2014 at 3:30 AM

      Used tampon? That’s an Orlando thing.

  9. irvfin3 - Jul 20, 2014 at 8:04 PM

    If any of the shooting guards should be traded it should be J.R. Shumpert can play defense and fits well next to Melo in the starting lineup because of that. J.R. can score but he plays a lot like Melo except he shoots way too much well last season.

    • mogogo1 - Jul 21, 2014 at 10:24 AM

      I’d think defense would be something they’ll be looking for across the board. When Phil was winning titles as a coach a cornerstone was always the defensive end and his best players were usually also his best defenders. But with Melo that’s not going to be the case and Amare isn’t going to shut anybody down. They’re going to need to make up for that somewhere and J.R. isn’t going to help with that.

  10. cruzan80 - Jul 20, 2014 at 8:09 PM

    Trade Shumpert.

    He’s regressed offensively every year, injury prone & personally I feel like he’s more enamored with self promotion rather getting better as a player (i.e. Why wasn’t he at summer league last year or this year???)

    I know we’re suppose to hate J.R. Smith but the fact is he’s the best SG on the roster & once he got healthy he was also the 2nd best player on the entire team.

    Talent is not a question with Smith, maturity is. He’s 28 years old now…he has to grow up at some point….doesn’t he???

  11. chiadam - Jul 20, 2014 at 8:39 PM

    Being open to trading JR Smith is like being open to winning the lottery or marrying Mila Kunis.

    • fanofthegame1 - Jul 20, 2014 at 9:05 PM

      I heard they were open to trading Bargnani and A’mare too. How bad is JR now buddy?

    • bkbell3 - Jul 21, 2014 at 12:53 AM

      head in the game

  12. khmerson562 - Jul 20, 2014 at 9:11 PM

    Kobe for iman shumpert, stoudmire expire contract and a first round draft pick. Kobe get to plays in New York and with his boys melo, fisher and Phil.

  13. csbanter - Jul 20, 2014 at 9:16 PM

    Trade Hardaway Jr to warriors for Harrison Barnes, GS can then package klay Thompson to twolves. Everyone gets what they want.

  14. campcouch - Jul 20, 2014 at 11:32 PM

    These guys need stability. With a front office and coach that have plans. Give anybody structure and watch them flourish on the court. We all watched Woodson and his mouth hanging open whenever something ridiculous happened and that’s on him. Players don’t care for what you’re preaching,they won’t listen. At least Jackson and Fisher have some credibility as coach and players. But,if you can get two bags of nickels for them, go ahead, both franchise and players may need a change of scenery.

  15. chip56 - Jul 21, 2014 at 9:35 AM

    If they deal Shump hopefully it’s as an enticement to get someone to take Stat’s knees.

    I would be shocked if someone wants the JR Smith headache.

  16. CM Diaz - Aug 1, 2014 at 3:31 PM

    PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE Trade Jr Smith, Amare and Shumpert for Greg Monroe!!!!!!!!

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