The rumor mill is beginning to swirl again for the New York Knicks. Apparently the Knicks and Toronto Raptors have been talking about a deal that would send journeyman point guard Kyle Lowry to the Knicks in exchange for Raymond Felton and Iman Shumpert. If this deal goes down, I will have lost complete faith in the Knicks’ front office.
It is not a secret that Shumpert is not playing well at all this year. This is not the first time he has been rumored in trades. Earlier this season the Knicks were trying to deal Shumpert to the Denver Nuggets for Kenneth Faried, but the Nuggets declined.
Shumpert had a secret knee surgery during the offseason that did not become public until a couple of weeks ago. Shumpert is arguably the Knicks best trade asset behind Tim Hardaway Jr. But with the Knicks lacking any young talent or draft picks, they are really in a bind here.
Lowrie is not the answer to any of the Knicks’ problems. While it is true that point guards are absolutely killing the Knicks, Lowrie is nothing more than a journeyman. A straight Felton for Lowry trade might make sense, but throwing Shumpert in there would kill the Knicks.
If Shumpert were to be moved at all, it should be involved in a deal for Rajon Rondo. While it is still slim that the Knicks will get him, they should continue trying. Rondo could be the missing for the Knicks and would also help keep Carmelo Anthony in town.
Right now the Knicks are still a mess and getting Lowry would not help that much. But the Knicks must hold onto Shumpert and not include him in this deal.