The New York Knicks are looking like they plan to be quite active at the 2014 NBA Trade Deadline as they try to right the ship and play their way into a playoff spot after the All-Star break. They’ve been linked to Kyle Lowry and several other players in the weeks leading up to Thursday, but now there is some buzz that they could be dealing Iman Shumpert.
According to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports, the Knicks are in talks with the Los Angeles Clippers in regards to a trade that would send Shumpert and Raymond Felton to L.A. in exchange for point guard Darren Collison. The pieces in the deal are reportedly fluid and there’s still some work left to do before the trade is close to being final.
The Knicks would get what they’ve been wanting coming up to the deadline in the proposed deal. New York has made no bones about the fact that they wish to move on from Felton at the point guard position and sending him out and making way for Collison would allow them to do that. Moreover, the Knicks have been looking to get Shumpert off the books for a while now, which this deal would allow them to do.
From the Clippers’ side of things, the addition of Shumpert would fit one of the needs they’ve been looking to address at the deadline. Particularly with the recent injury to J.J. Redick, the Clippers have been looking to add an athletic wing that can shoot in a deal before the deadline, which is pretty much the wheelhouse of Shumpert.
As talks progress with this deal, though, the inclusion of Felton in the deal is somewhat of a deterrent to the Clippers, as reported by ESPN’s Marc Stein
. Los Angeles doesn’t want to take on the contract of Felton, especially given the point guard’s ineffectiveness and apparent conditioning issues this season. As I said before, the pieces in this deal are still considered fluid and Felton could be a piece that isn’t in the final deal if it were to go down before 3 p.m. on Thursday. We’ll see how things shape up moving forward to that point.