With the NBA trade deadline just nine days away, it was only going to be so long before the New York Knicks surfaced in the NBA trade rumors. Several reports have stated that the Knicks are interested in changing their roster before this year’s deadline, and according to Marc Stein of ESPN, they’re starting to make moves:
Ugh. The Knicks.
Many people believe it’s a good thing that the Knicks are being active in looking for trades. There are multiple things this team needs: draft picks, a new point guard, a potential second superstar to play with Carmelo Anthony. What the Knicks do not need, however, is an offensive-minded, undersized power forward.
Because, as good as Kenneth Faried is, that’s what he is. He can score points, but he mostly needs to be assisted on them, he rebounds well, but he doesn’t play defense particularly well. For the 2013-14 season, the Nuggets are four points better defensively with Faried off the floor than on.
And, Faried’s addition would come at a time when the Knicks are finally playing Carmelo Anthony at his best position — power forward — and when they have two viable back-up bigs playing well in Amar’e Stoudemire and Jeremy Tyler.
Faried doesn’t the big issues for this team; he actually complicates them. Furthermore, it rids the Knicks of another asset: Iman Shumpert. Shumpert is struggling through a poor season, but he’s at his very bottom value. Should he rebound back to his normal level of play, he’s a valuable asset. And if the Knicks were to shy away from trading Shumpert, then they’d have a 23-year old wing on his rookie contract who guards the perimeter well and can spread the floor. Not exactly a bad player to keep around.
It’d be just another move in further Knicks mismanagement, but the deal is far from concrete as only Stein appears to be on the forefront for this rumor. We’ll keep you updated as new information rolls in.
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