Shumpert has only appeared in 12 games this season as he has spent the entire year rehabbing his torn ACL and meniscus that he suffered in last year’s playoffs against the Miami Heat. Shumpert has struggled mightily out of the gates since being medically cleared to play on Jan. 13. For this reason, the Knicks are considering dealing him to another team in order to acquire a backup guard that can help the team achieve their postseason goals.
The news of a possible trade upset several people involved with the team, including star Carmelo Anthony who does not believe a trade is necessary to improve the squad.
“He shouldn’t be worrying about that,’’ Anthony said. “The Knicks shouldn’t even be in trade talks right now.’’
I agree with Anthony that New York has no business making a trade at this point. They are second behind only the Heat in the Eastern Conference standings and the team is going to get better as the season goes on. Shumpert may be slumping right now but that is because he is trying to get his legs back after not playing since April. It is going to take some time for him to find his rhythm again but once he does he will be able to help Anthony and the rest of the Knicks make a run in the playoffs.
Shumpert was drafted by the Knicks and clearly has enough talent to be one of the best guards in the league. There is no reason to get rid of him now just to try and improve the team for the present when it could be harmful in the future.
Head coach Mike Woodson believes Shumpert will remain with New York but he also understands the possibility that any player can be traded at any time.
“I don’t think you can ever tell a player he’s not, that’s kind of out of my hands,’’ Woodson said. “If owners came to me and said we have to do a deal, then you do the deal. I sat him down and I told him. He knows how I feel about him. We show him love and we tell him he’s a big part of what we’re doing. Those are just trade rumors.’’
The 22-year-old is loaded with talent and a rising star in the Big Apple. He is just beginning to learn the game at the professional level and to take him away from players who truly believe in his abilities would be detrimental to him as well as the team.
Shumpert is averaging 5.3 points, 3.1 rebounds and 1.6 assists while shooting 33.8 percent from the floor and 41.4 percent from three-point range in 19.1 minutes this season.