I guess Mike Woodson and Carmelo Anthony‘s support don’t mean much to Iman Shumpert’s camp.
Chris Sheridan reports that his camp isn’t comfortable of the situation that Iman is in with the New York Knicks and that he wants out.
“There are major concerns (from people close to Shumpert) over how the Knicks are developing him,” a source from another team told SheridanHoops.com, speaking on the condition of anonymity.
“They feel he’s being played out of position (at small forward) and his confidence is suffering because of it. They understand the team is having success and it has to be the right deal, but they’d prefer Iman in another situation… And soon.”
via Exclusive: Shumpert could be traded despite Woodson’s support
After rumors of the Phoenix Suns interest in Iman Shumpert got out, Woodson and Anthony quickly came to Shump’s defense about how he won’t be traded and how the team is sticking together. But if sources say otherwise, then the New York Knicks have to quickly capitalize on his potential.
As good as Shump can be in his career, this Knicks team doesn’t have time to wait on him to be great. On the season, he’s averaging 5.3 points on 38 percent shooting. His numbers are down from the previous year and so are his minutes. Coming off an ACL injury usually takes two years to return to your previous form, so I’m not holding a lot of this season to him. And he has value and at his age, there will be plenty suitors.
Obviously the Phoenix Suns offer of Jared Dudley would be enough to pry Shumpert away from this team, especially if the rumors of him wanting out are true. If the Knicks make calls around the league, there’s a possible chance that they could get a better value, preferably a guard who can fill in Shumpert’s role perfectly. This team doesn’t have time to wait for Shump to develop. Their star players are all 28 years or older, so it’s obvious that this team is in a win-now situation. With LeBron James entering his prime and the chances of facing Kevin Durant in the NBA Finals, they have to do what they can to win against these two at all costs. And if parting ways with Shumpert means so, then by all means pull the trigger.
We’ll see how things unfold as the trade deadline is next weekend.