Many believe the New York Knicks need to add one more piece in order to win a championship. Many more believe that in order to acquire that piece the Knicks would have to part with second-year guard Iman Shumpert.
Knicks’ fans can take some comfort in the fact that head coach Mike Woodson appears to have put an end to the Shumpert trade rumors for now, by saying that the team will not be trading Shumpert by the February 21 trade deadline.
Woodson made the statement while appearing on ESPN New York 98.7 FM on Tuesday. When asked by co-host Stephen A. Smith if Shumpert would be in a Knicks uniform after the Feb. 21 trade deadline, Woodson said, “You got it. I don’t need to say any more.”
That’s quite the change in stance for Woodson in less than a week.
Early last week he had tried to help Shumpert shake off the trade rumors, but couldn’t go as far as saying that the Georgia Tech product wouldn’t be dealt.
Shumpert’s name recently popped up in a rumor with the Phoenix Suns in a potential deal for Jared Dudley and any other rumor from now until the trade deadline will almost certainly include Shumpert’s name.
There are two schools of thought on dealing Shumpert.
The first is as Carmelo Anthony recently said, “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.”
But if that is the case, do these Knicks, as currently constructed have enough to win a championship? Remember that is the goal here.
The second school of though is win now.
If the Knicks can add a legitimate piece, and it has to be a legitimate piece, it could make sense to go for it now. But you just don’t throw Shumpert in a deal to try and change things up. Knicks’ general manager Glen Grunwald has to bring back an All-Star type of player if he decides to move Shump and that isn’t likely.
My feeling on the situation remains the same and that is that Shumpert’s name will continue to pop up daily in different rumors, but at the end of the day he isn’t going anywhere.
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