Shumpert remains a tradable asset as Knicks consider rebuilding.
The New York Knicks are reportedly continuing to shop Iman Shumpert ahead of the trade deadline, with Kenneth Faried leading their shortlist of targets.
While the Denver Nuggets continue to deny that Faried is available for trade, the Knicks still recognise that Shumpert is a tradable asset given that he’s a talented young player on a rookie contract.
Earlier this season, it was reported that the Knicks had an approach dismissed by Denver, however, according to ESPN’s Marc Stein they are keen on reviving talks ahead of the February 20 deadline.
“Hearing that the Knicks are trying again to re-engage Denver and sell Nuggets on idea of trade built around Shumpert-for-Faried before deadline,” he posted on his official Twitter account.
According to reports, the Nuggets ended talks previously as they wanted a future draft pick included in the deal, while the Knicks were only interested in a straight swap.
It is understood that Denver’s position has not changed on the matter, and it remains to be seen whether or not New York are willing to give up more than they would have hoped for in the deal.
The Knicks have recognised the requirement to add both presence and energy inside, but Shumpert’s departure may be the first of many moves across the next week or so and leading up to the summer as the front office consider rebuilding and strengthening the roster.
Speculation over Carmelo Anthony’s future continues to dominate the headlines, and while it is highly unlikely that they will discuss a trade deal for their biggest star this week, they face a very real risk of losing him in free agency at the end of the season.