Tommy DeeAnd here begin the trade rumors of 2013. Less than 24 hours after Alex Kennedy of Hoopsworld noted the Knicks had interest in the Suns Jared Dudley The Woj found some people with NBA ties who told him that the Suns are targeting Iman Shumpert and would offer Dudley. Kennedy also noted that the Knicks prefer to deal Ronnie Brewer and it makes sense to see what they can get for him first.
The Suns are willing to give New York a package that includes forward Jared Dudley and possibly a future first-round pick for Shumpert, but the Knicks have so far shown no inclination to do such a deal, sources said.
After tearing his left anterior cruciate ligament in the Knicks’ opening game of last season’s playoffs, Shumpert returned in January and has started the past 11 games. While Shumpert is still working himself back to the high level with which he performed as a rookie, the Knicks’ front office remains a strong proponent of his talent, sources said.
Ian Begley of ESPN noted that the Knicks are indeed listening to offers for Shumpert but right now it would seem they aren’t in any rush to trade him. It also makes sense to see what the market dictates.
Speaking of markets, the Orlando Magic are apparently ready to cash in on a deal for JJ Redick and they seem to have the Bulls and Pacers competing for his services. And the Knicks are apparently keeping tabs.
The Knicks also have monitored Orlando sharpshooter J.J. Redick, according to a league source. The Indiana Pacers and Chicago Bulls are among a bevy of teams believed to have strong interest in Redick.
Here’s my thing. You only trade Shumpert in the right deal to make your team better this year. Based on what the Knicks have done to date they are a win-now team and their window to win a title may only be this year. Adding Dudley at the expense of Shumpert gives the Knicks the Ronnie Brewer production offensively from early this year every night. And he defends. The Knicks were the best team in basketball and a reason for that was floor space to across the perimeter. Shumpert has been very good from 3, but what’s been most alarming to Coach Woodson has been his lack of energy to start games. If the Suns are shopping Telfair then I’d be interested to see if there were a bigger deal to be had.
Let’s not kid ourselves. If the Knicks feel that they can trade Iman Shumpert and get back a player or players who make them better this year they will absolutely trade him. Glen Grunwald learned a lot from Donnie Walsh and being patient would make for good practice in this case.