The 2014 NBA Trade Deadline came and went and Iman Shumpert is still a member of the New York Knicks.
As a matter of fact, everyone is still a member of the Knicks as general manager Steve Mills failed to do anything at the deadline.
Now the Knicks appear to be stuck with Shumpert, who will be out at least two weeks with a sprained MCL, avoiding another serious knee scare. And Shumpert is unfortunately stuck with the Knicks.
Now that he is, he reportedly is unhappy with his role on the team.
According to Marc Berman of the New York Post, the third-year guard doesn’t like his role on this current Knicks team.
According to a person familiar with the guards thinking, Shumpert feels he can be used better by coach Mike Woodson.
Shumpert, according to the source, prefers not to play the small-forward position in the team’s two point-guard alignment. But especially with Andrea Bargnani injured, Woodson wants to roll with a three-guard unit to keep Carmelo Anthony at power forward.
Given Woodson’s off and on rift with Shumpert this season, I wouldn’t expect him to cater to the Georgia Tech product when he returns. That is if Woodson is still around.
However there are reasons that Shump wasn’t moved and it has a lot to do with how he is viewed around the NBA, which is a more accurate assumption than the pedestal Knicks fans tend to place him on.
“Not a big fan,’’ said one NBA executive. “He’s not a good shooter. Is he a stopper or just a good defender? His performances are all over the place. He’s an OK rotation player on maybe a playoff team, but on Indiana or Miami, he wouldn’t even play.’’
In addition, one NBA scout said of Shumpert’s disappointing third season in which he is shooting 37 percent and averaging 6.9 points: “He’s average. He plays very hard, but he’s average.’’
It’s really hard to argue with that assumption.
However whether that is totally 100 percent accurate or not, it looks like the Knicks are going to have to deal with a very unhappy Shumpert for the rest of the season.