With the NBA trade deadline only four days away, it appears that the rumors involving the New York Knicks and Iman Shumpert apparently won’t quit.
The second-year guard has been involved in a few Knicks trade rumors the past couple of weeks and even though Knicks’ head coach Mike Woodson came out last week and said that Shump wouldn’t be traded, it appears that option is still on the table.
Chris Sheridan of SheridanHoops.com reported that a source tells him that Shumpert is unhappy with being played out of position at small forward, and wants to either see his developmental situation resolved or be moved.
In the past couple of weeks, Shumpert has been linked in rumored deals involving the Phoenix Suns‘ Jared Dudley and the Minnesota Timberwolves‘ Luke Ridnour, but the thought process is that the Knicks would have to get a lot more in return to deal their only young building block.
Sheridan indicated that people close to Shumpert prefer Shump to be in another situation, but Shumpert’s agent Happy Walters took to Twitter to call that report “totally false,” adding that no one in Shumpert’s camp has asked for a trade.
That doesn’t necessarily mean that a deal involving Shumpert won’t happen, but Walters seems to suggest the second-year guard is happy in New York, even though there have been plenty of reports the past couple of weeks that would suggest the opposite.
Despite those rumors, I still don’t believe the Knicks will move Shump by Thursday’s deadline, but stranger things have happened before.
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