According to Marc Stein of ESPN, the Sacramento Kings and Denver Nuggets are both interested in acquiring Iman Shumpert from the New York Knicks before the trade deadline this year. The Knicks appear to be looking to move Shumpert sooner rather than later, and we could see a deal involving the talented young guard happen in the near future.
Reports have been circling for the last couple of weeks about a trade involving Iman Shumpert heading to the Denver Nuggets. The return appears to be Kenneth Faried in a trade with the Nuggets at this time, but there could be other pieces involved in the trade as well. To this point, the Denver Nuggets have been unwilling to trade Kenneth Faried straight up in any deal for Shumpert. They would ask for a pick or two back as well in return. As for the Sacramento Kings, there are no reports about what could be sent back to New York in return. Jason Thompson could be an interesting possibility, but there would likely be more pieces involved in any deal between these two teams.
The Knicks don’t seem to like Iman Shumpert all that much and are willing to move him to create space and more minutes for Tim Hardaway Jr. who has played a very good season so far in his rookie year. J.R. Smith will obviously take over as the every night starting shooting guard.
It will be very interesting to see how this situation plays itself out, but there is no doubt that either team would be getting a great player with the acquisition of Shumpert. He’s a very talented player both offensively and defensively and is maturing as a basketball player as well. So far this year with the Knicks, he is averaging 8.0 points, 5.0 rebounds, and 2.8 assists per contest. Those numbers aren’t too bad, but they will go up with an increased role.
Evan Massey is the Lead Editor for Hoops-Nation. Follow Evan on Twitter at @Massey_Evan.