Shumpert for Faried Talks Dead
There has been some speculation that talks between the Denver Nuggets and the New York Knicks had intensified regarding a trade for Iman Shumpert and Kenneth Faried. However, according to Adrian Wojnarowski those talks appear to be dead now. "Denver has made it clear to Kenneth Faried's reps: There are no active talks involving him. Knicks offered Shumpert. Denver rejected idea."
It does appear that these talks were not just rumors though, but an actual conversation that took place.
"It's part of our business," said Mike Woodson. "I always try to tell young players if your name is being floated out there, that's a good thing. It means somebody wants you. Guys get traded. The best players have been traded, but at the end of the day you still got to play. You're still in a Knicks uniform, you're representing what we're trying to do here. You can't worry about what's in the paper. You've still got to perform."
Shumpert, however, took it a little bit more personally. "Yeah, it pissed me off, but that's what the New York media does," Shumpert said. "It's not the first time. It happens. ... [Woodson] told me not to worry about it. He said that if they put you in trade rumors, other people want you and you should smile about it. Whatever."
The primary reason trade talks have ceased is because the Nuggets want more than just Iman Shumpert in the proposal, while the Knicks are unwilling to give up anything more than just him. So, trade talks now appear to be dead or this whole thing may have just been a rumor, but regardless of what it is, trade speculations can have a negative impact on young and impressionistic players. And we will see in the next few weeks whether or not these talks will affect Shumpert and Faried.