Trade rumour mill still suggests Shumpert may be on his way out of New York.
Despite having recently denied the rumours on Twitter, Iman Shumpert is again the focus of trade speculation with the New York Knicks reportedly in discussions with the Orlando Magic, according to Alex Kennedy of HoopsWorld.com.
The two teams are in talks over a trade involving Shumpert moving to Orlando ahead of the deadline on Thursday, which would see J.J. Redick move in the opposite direction.
While Redick would arguably suit the Knicks style considering his efficiency from three-point range, losing Shumpert as part of the deal would not only be a bad decision from a playing point of view, but it is unlikely to be a popular one either.
Redick remains one of the league’s most successful three-point shooters, converting 40.3% from beyond the arc and is eighth in three-point field goals made.
The Knicks are attempting a league-high 29 three-points per game, and therefore their speculated interest seemingly makes sense.
However, Shumpert remains a vital part of the Knicks roster considering his age, defensive capabilities and all-round contribution. While his shooting percentage has dropped overall, his three-point numbers have improved, as has his contribution off the boards.
Having become an ever-present since his return from injury, trading Shumpert would be a mistake for the Knicks and one that many fans will be hoping doesn’t come to fruition.