In the last few days, there has been talk that the New York Knicks and Denver Nuggets have been talking about a possible trade that would land Knicks guard Iman Shumpert in Denver and forward Kenneth Faried in the Big Apple.
As of yesterday, the deal has apparently been rejected by Denver, according to NBA.com’s David Aldridge via Twitter. Things may stay that way, but maybe they won’t. There are benefits to the deal for both teams, especially New York. At the same time, there are also a lot of negative consequences if the deal were to go through.
Both of these young players have emerged as very important players on their respective teams. They both have shown signs of potentially breaking out as All-Star caliber players at some point. In the long run, this deal would probably end up benefiting Denver more because Shumpert is a very talented player that is improving with every game. In the short term, however, this deal could potentially save the Knicks’ season.
If there is one position that the Knicks are getting killed at, well … there isn’t one. The collective play of the four and five for the Knicks has been subpar since Tyson Chandler has been out with his injury. With Amar’e Stoudemeire still limited, (and let’s be honest, probably forever limited) and Kenyon Martin also in the same boat, the Knicks have themselves quite a situation down low.
While Andrea Bargnani has been rebounding the ball well and actually scoring in the last couple of games, he’s not exactly someone you think of as dominating in the post.
The Knicks need someone other than Tyson Chandler that can defend the basket. Last season, they had Kurt Thomas, Marcus Camby and Rasheed Wallace in different stints, and then Martin in the postseason to back up Tyson. Right now, they have pretty much no one, and as evidence by the Atlanta Hawks‘ 56 points in the paint last night, it’s a big problem.
But if this deal presented itself again, should the Knicks take it? There are a lot of immediate pros to the deal. Faried is that guy that can defend the basket and provide explosive defense and rebounding, but is it worth giving up Shumpert?
If the the New York Daily News’ Frank Isola’s words are true, than maybe it is. According to Isola, Shumpert is currently not in good standing with the Knicks’ hierarchy and when Chandler returns, he very well could be seeing the exit.
If the above stated is the truth, then this deal is worth it. Faried is a valuable player that really can be a much needed fit with New York. But, then again, Shumpert is an up-and-coming star. If he develops a better work ethic, there’s no telling how good he can end up. He has all the makings of a potential NBA All-Star.
There’s no telling how things will play out if the deal is made. After all, the last time the Knicks and Nuggets made a trade, neither of them really ended up ‘winning’ the deal.