New York Knicks guard Iman Shumpert has been the subject of trade rumors for the past couple of weeks.
One thing is clear and that is the fact that this front office is willing to move the third-year guard.
Another thing becoming crystal clear is that his relationship with head coach Mike Woodson isn’t doing Shumpert any favors.
Woodson and Shumpert barked at each other on the court Thursday during the Knicks 109-106 loss to Houston at the Garden.
After the exchange, Shumpert walked away from the coach with noticeable disgust and sat on the bench.
Their relationship has always been a bit suspect and during their back-and-forth it didn’t look like things have improved much.
Woodson hasn’t exactly come to Shumpert’s defense as of late when it comes to the swirling trade rumors.
During last February’s trade deadline, a report surfaced the Phoenix Suns asked about Shumpert in an exchange for Jared Dudley. That deal obviously wasn’t made and Woodson said at the time Shumpert was “a big piece of the future.’’
However his tune hasn’t been the same regarding Shumpert ever since.
Woodson, when asked about the Shumpert trade rumors, told the New York Post’s Marc Berman that trade rumors are “part of the business’’ and he still has to play hard while “still in a Knick uniform.’’
It’s no secret that Woodson has had a problem with Shump’s perceived cocky attitude for some time now. It’s also no secret that Shump has a reputation for not taking to coaching well.
Add all of that up and it’s not good for Shumpert’s future in New York.
A coach needs to be a player’s biggest supporter.
That’s not the case with Shumpert and Woodson as their mini-feud could lead to Shumpert’s way out of town.
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