The New York Knicks seem to be shopping Iman Shumpert this season, and rumors of trades with the Boston Celtics, Los Angeles Lakers, and Miami Heat have surfaced. Shumpert is still in a Knicks uniform, though.
The Minnesota Timberwolves are struggling despite their starters’ solid play. They seem to be desperately missing a key piece or two to push them into a coveted Western Conference playoff spot, and trading for Shumpert would make sense for the Wolves. He would add valuable defense to a Wolves squad that’s near last in defensive efficiency. However, they may not have the necessary assets to acquire him.
With injuries to Tyson Chandler and Raymond Felton, the Knicks were targeting point guards and big men. The Wolves’ guards and bigs aren’t really trade-able, though. Shumpert would be too low of a price for either Nikola Pekovic or Ricky Rubio, and the Wolves are especially thin at those positions. Trading rookie center Gorgui Dieng could be a possibility, but it’s likely the Knicks would want someone more polished.
Chandler recently came back, though, and Felton is close behind. But the Knicks have been terrible altogether, and at this point they are seeking any impact player. Unfortunately the Wolves don’t really have one they’re willing to move for Shumpert.
Any trade would have to involve either a third team or draft picks. The Wolves owe their 2014 first round pick to the Phoenix Suns, and the Knicks don’t have any picks in the near future. This deal seems insanely unlikely, though it could certainly help the Timberwolves. The Knicks should be able to find a better package for Shumpert, but their front office hasn’t been too savvy over the past few seasons so anything is possible.