Felton and Shumpert to remain with the Knicks until end of season at least.
The Los Angeles Clippers have failed with a last ditch attempt to secure a trade deal for New York Knicks star Iman Shumpert.
A deal had appeared unlikely after the 23-year-old suffered a sprained MCL on Wednesday night, but with tests showing that his knee was relatively clean, the Clippers made one last push to acquire him.
Speculation suggested that point guard Raymond Felton would also be included in the deal to take Darren Collison and Matt Barnes in the opposite direction, but with time running out the deal wasn’t completed.
It is understood that the Oklahoma City Thunder were also interested in a possible deal and had offered a first-round pick, however the Knicks appeared insistent on doing business with the Clippers in a bid to acquire their reserve duo.
New York have made a point of exploring the market for point guard depth ahead of the deadline, with Felton falling short of expectations this season and a lack of productive alternatives on the bench.
With their playoff aspirations in the balance after an indifferent season which has seen them fall short of their expectations, they will hope to have Shumpert available as soon as possible as they look to close the gap to the playoff spots in the Eastern Conference.
It is unclear at this stage as what the Knicks will do in the summer as they look to persuade Carmelo Anthony to re-sign as he approaches free agency, with Shumpert and Felton now seemingly pieces that they are willing to deal in order to build a competitive roster.