Rumor: Knicks May Shop Iman Shumpert for Kenneth Faried
The depleted New York Knicks are struggling. And unfortunately for the Knicks, New York is not exactly the kind of city known for its patience. With the recent injury to Tyson Chandler and the minute restrictions placed upon Amar’e Stoudemire and Kenyon Martin, the Knicks are really thin upfront. Additionally, they have a lopsided cornucopia of guards.
That is why the latest rumor is a trade between New York’s Iman Shumpert and Denver’s Kenneth Faried.
According to a report from Frank Isola, “Talks between the Knicks and Nuggets centered around a deal that would send Iman Shumpert to Denver for forward Kenneth Faried have intensified in recent days, the Daily News has learned. According to a league source, no deal is imminent, although the struggling Knicks feel they need to make a move to bolster their banged-up frontcourt.”
Denver has the exact opposite problem of New York, they have too many people in their frontcourt. Even with the injury to JaVale McGee, they have more big men than they do minutes. So, the trade is actually quite fair, but Denver may want more.
Marc Stein of ESPN says, “Yet it’s believed that Denver is also seeking draft compensation in addition to Shumpert in exchange for Faried, who averaged 11.5 points and 9.2 rebounds in 2012-13 in his second season as a pro. That could prove to be too high a price for the Knicks, who would prefer not to part with Shumpert but understand that he is by far their most attractive current trade asset.“
If the Knicks do not do something soon, they may find themselves overplaying Carmelo Anthony during the regular season with nothing left for the playoffs. Faried is the perfect compliment for this Knicks team, a young and athletic garbage man that needs no plays called for him whatsoever.
If the Knicks can swing this deal, it would be a huge home run for them. And if Denver can get New York to fork over a first round draft pick, it would be a win-win situation for both ball clubs.