According to Frank Isola of the NY Daily News the trade talks between the New York Knicks and Denver Nuggets, which are centered around an Iman Shumpert for Kenneth Faried swap, have been gaining momentum over recent days.
Isola is quick to point out that a trade is far from imminent at this point, although sources close to the situation feel that the Knicks strongly believe they need to bolster their front court in order to compete in a top heavy eastern Conference.
What makes this potential trade so intriguing is the fact that Shumpert has seemed to fall out of favor with Knicks owner James Dolan as well as head coach Mike Woodson. If you’ve followed this team for more than fifteen minutes, you know what that means. Once James Dolan decides he wants something he will do whatever he can to get it (often at the expense of his franchises long-term future)
I understand that Knicks fans love Iman Shumpert, but to act like this would not be a good move for the Knicks is viewing the situation with blinders on. I also do not believe that acquiring Faried moves the Knicks closer to a title, at least not this year (that talk needs to stop right now by the way). Sorry Knicks fans but this team will not be playing for an NBA championship this season. Not even close.
What I do know is that this move would help the Knicks in a big way. Iman Shumpert is a very good young player, but in reality he does little to help this team win games. This is a fact that may be difficult for many of you to accept, nonetheless, it is a fact.
Unless you’re a pom-pom waiving fan who cannot judge this team realistically you are well aware of the Knicks two biggest issues – keeping opposing guards out of the paint, and rebounding.
As good as Iman is at anticipation, getting into passing lanes, and creating havoc with his athleticism on the defensive end, he does almost nothing to help the first of these two problems (something that can be further proved by the fact that the NYKs defensive rating is the same with or without Shumpert in the lineup). Kenneth Faried on the other hand, who is far from a perfect player himself, WOULD help to solve the second one. If you’ve watched a Knicks game over the past two years you are well aware of how big the issue of rebounding is for this team, even when Chandler is healthy.
A player like Kenneth Faried could do a lot to change this.
The fear from Knicks fans should not be about the players in question, it should be about Denver knowing they can take advantage of James Dolan. At it’s core I think Knicks fan should be happy if this deal were to come to fruition. It’s the “at any cost no matter what” mantra of James Dolan that should really scare you.