New York Knicks Trade Targets: Dudley, Redick, Josh Smith?
First and foremost, as a die-hard Knicks fan, I do not want to see New York make any kind of trade whatsoever. The team is currently the No. 2 seed in the Eastern Conference, despite Raymond Felton, Iman Shumpert and Amar’e Stoudemire (all very key players) missing large amounts of time.
The first real rumor that surfaced was one that involved the Phoenix Suns, and trading Shumpert for Jared Dudley. That deal appeared to have died off, but when a report surfaced that Shump’ wanted out of New York, the possibility of his being traded increased.
The most recent, and more likely rumor involving the Knicks, is a trade involving Shumpert and J.J. Redick of the Orlando Magic, whose quality production has been overshadowed by a dreadful team, putting up 15.2 points and 4.4 assists per night. Although Shumpert has the chance to one day become a star, acquiring Redick this season will help the Knicks, who totally have the win now mindset, to make a serious run at a title. Redick can shoot the lights out, and the Knicks have a potent offense that is very reliant on 3PT shooting. Although Shumpert’s defensive ability and athleticism are significantly greater than Redick’s, adding another offensive weapon to play alongside Carmelo Anthony and J.R. Smith could greatly benefit New York.
Here is a rumor that is a little bit of stretch: the Knicks want Josh Smith of the Atlanta Hawks.
Marc Stein of ESPN is reporting that the Hawks will “definitely” trade Smith before the deadline, and the Knicks have come up in the discussion. Smith is in the last year of his contract, and has made it pretty clear that he will not sign with Atlanta, prompting the team to look to get something in return for him before he leaves.
New York would have to give up Shumpert, Stoudemire and possibly another player, and the Hawks would likely throw in an additional (overpriced) player to free up some contract space.
It is not very likely that a blockbuster deal like this will go through, especially with the Knicks being one of the top teams in the NBA this season.
But hey, crazier things have happened in New York.