Exclusive: Shumpert could be traded despite Woodson’s support

HOUSTON — The New York Knicks are still open to the possibility of trading second-year guard Iman Shumpert despite coach Mike Woodson’s declaration that the player he still calls “Rook” isn’t going anywhere.

“There are major concerns (from people close to Shumpert) over how the Knicks are developing him,” a source from another team told SheridanHoops.com, speaking on the condition of anonymity.

“They feel he’s being played out of position (at small forward) and his confidence is suffering because of it. They understand the team is having success and it has to be the right deal, but they’d prefer Iman in another situation… And soon.”

After a fast start which saw them rise to the top of the Eastern Conference standings, the New York Knicks sputtered at .500 over their last 28 games. A loss to the Toronto Raptors prior to the All-Star break caused word to spread around the league that the Knicks will turn more proactive in the days leading up to the deadline.

Shumpert had a strong rookie season, showing the promise of being one of the league’s top perimeter defenders. However, since his return January 17th from major knee injury, Shumpert has clearly struggled to find that confidence on the defensive end, and has seemed out of sorts offensively at the small forward position. You’d expect such sluggishness following such a severe injury, but the concerns are less about Shumpert’s productivity than being put in the best situation to succeed.

Both Woodson and Carmelo Anthony have been vociferous in their support for Shumpert staying with the team. He had previously linked to the Phoenix Suns in trade rumors including Jared Dudley, and senior staff columnist Moke Hamilton has opined that New York should trade Shumpert to shore up the backcourt. This site reported two days ago that the Knicks have stepped up their pursuit of a backup point guard, having lost confidence in 35-year-old rookie Pablo Prigioni.
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  1. Rwiliiams says

    The fact of the matter is simply this, if the Knicks don’t get some scoring help on the first team and real soon they’ll bet out in the first round

  2. Darin Kunis says

    Wouldn’t have an issue trading Shumpert in right deal. I feel Paul Millsap would help this team more right now than Shumpert, Dudley would be a lateral move. But yes Knicks need to explore some options. This team as presently made up isn’t a championship team. So yes he is certainly not “untouchable”

  3. never_to_return says

    White will kill it in tonight’s dunk contest. Propelling him into the national spotlight and creating the demand for him to get more playing time. He will then have to quickly elevate his game on both ends, making a trade much more of a possibility if Shumpert doesn’t do the same.

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