After tearing his ACL last season, Shumpert hasn’t been himself. Last year, Shumpert showed that he could have been a key part to the Knicks’ playoff run had he not been injured. His size, defense, speed and shooting were all exceptional for the first year Guard out of Georgia Tech. Knicks Head Coach Mike Woodson has been insistent that Shumpert must get some more rebounds and amp up his defense if he wants to remain with the Knicks’ rotation.
It’s no secret that the Knicks are shopping Shumpert. However, it doesn’t mean they want to get rid of the 22-year old Guard. If Shumpert can prove he’s healthy enough to play at the level he did last year, he could bring a spark to the team’s bench which they desperately need. The Phoenix Suns and Orlando Magic are among those that are interesting in trading for Shumpert.
Rumors spreading around include the Suns shipping off Jared Dudley as a part of a multi-player package. Dudley is a career .475 shooter from the field and is mildly consistent over his five year career and could be a decent scorer off the bench. However, the deal is unlikely considering the Knicks don’t really have any other pieces to offer at this time.
The Magic’s offer is definitely more suitable for the Knicks. J.J. Redick may be on the Knicks’ radar at this time. Redick has been a bench player for most of his career and could be a good fit for the Knicks. However, it’s doubtful the team will trade for him when they have J.R. Smith coming off the bench.
If the Knicks opt to move Shumpert, expect it to be a multi-player deal with one of the Knicks’ bench players such as James White or Chris Copeland involved within the deal. However, for a move to happen, the Knicks must receive a rather respectable center piece from the team they’re trading with.
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