The NBA trade deadline has officially come and gone. The New York Knicks, despite several negotiations and heavy suggestions, did not make a move.
It was close, though.
About an hour before the deadline, reports indicated that the Knicks had sent Beno Udrih to the Denver Nuggets for Jordan Hamilton. However, at the last moment, talks fell through, and instead, Denver traded Hamilton to the Houston Rockets for Aaron Brooks.
The Knicks also tried hard to dangle Iman Shumpert. Of course, they also talked to the Nuggets about a Shumpert-Faried swap, but nothing came through on that end. Right up until the deadline, the Knicks also kicked around the idea of sending Shumpert and Raymond Felton to the Los Angeles Clippers. The latest form of such a deal would have sent Darren Collison, Matt Barnes, and Willie Green back to the Knicks, but once again, nothing was completed.
An interesting note from David Aldridge earlier:
First, the good news there is that Shumpert’s MCL sprain isn’t anything too serious. Other reports have said he’ll miss maybe two weeks. Cool. Second, what was this OKC deal? We discussed earlier that the Thunder were interested in Shumpert, but reports never indicated much more than that. There still aren’t very many details of what the Thunder’s proposal was, but people suggested that it could have been for a first-round draft pick. That pick, as speculated, would be the Dallas Mavericks’, which is top-20 protected. Currently, it’s projected to be the 21st pick in this year’s draft, which would have gone to the Knicks if they had a chance to grab it.
It’s good that the Knicks didn’t deal Shumpert and Felton for the sake of dealing them, but if they passed up a first-round pick for Shumpert — the Knicks missed out.
For now, it seems we will ride this season out with this current core of players. If no deals have been made, especially for a pick, then the Knicks are gunning for the playoffs. If that is the case, then there’s still a move to be made: get a new head coach.
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