The New York Knicks are being linked to many potential deals as the Feb. 21 NBA trade deadline approaches, most notably one that includes Iman Shumpert being dealt to the Phoenix Suns for Jared Dudley.
I have a question that I’m sure many other Knicks fans are wondering, as well: Why?
Why are the Knicks, a team that is currently No. 2 in the Eastern Conference behind only the reigning champion Miami Heat, trying to shuffle players around? Shumpert has only played 12 games this season after returning from a torn ACL against Miami in the playoffs last year, and has struggled to get back into the rhythm of the offense during his short time with the 2012-13 Knicks.
However, Shumpert has already shown what he can do and what he is capable of. He is an elite perimeter defender, possesses incredible athleticism, and has shown improvements in his shooting ability.
Carmelo Anthony has silenced rumors that ‘Shump could be on the move.
“He ain’t going nowhere,” Anthony said. “He ain’t got to worry about that. The Knicks shouldn’t even be in trade talks.”
Exactly- “the Knicks shouldn’t even be in trade talks.”
Shumpert has the potential to one day become a star in New York, but the Knicks’ front office has shown that they are in win-now mode. However, the Knicks are “winning now,” after getting off to the best start in years at 32-17, and they have shown that they are a legitimate contender to Miami in the East.
Please, Knickerbockers, don’t jeopardize everything that this team has accomplished by dealing a young stud who will play a key role down the stretch.