Just weeks into the 2013-14 NBA season and the New York Knicks and the New York media are already embroiled in a swirl of trade rumors.
Wednesday, as the Knicks prepare to face off with the Atlanta Hawks in Philips Arena, the New York Daily News’ Frank Isola began reporting that New York was discussing moving guard Iman Shumpert to Denver in exchange for the Nuggets forward Kenneth Faried.
J.R. Smith is starting & Iman Shumpert could be departing. I’m hearing Knicks-Nuggets continue to discuss an Iman for Kenneth Faried trade.
— Frank Isola (@FisolaNYDN) November 13, 2013
ESPN confirmed with sources close to the Knicks that other NBA teams have indeed expressed interest in Shumpert, but had no specific deals
…Sources told ESPN.com Wednesday that multiple teams interested in Shumpert have approached the Knicks, and said New York remains undecided about whether to trade its coveted perimeter defensive specialist.
Chris Dempsey of the Denver Post has all but shot down the idea.
Meanwhile, Shumpert seems to be focused on playing and is, perhaps, a bit perturbed by the amount of feedback that he is getting from people on Twitter.
If only y’all cud see my mentions lol. I’m going back to sleep. — Iman Shumpert I (@I_Am_Iman) November 13, 2013
HoopsWorld’s Lang Greene spoke with Shumpert about the rumors and he seemed rather understanding of the situation.
“If it’s going to happen, it will happen. I’m young. I’m an asset. So I’ll be in the [trade] rumors, I guess.”
ESPN’s Marc Stein chimed in on the rumor, suggesting what he believed would likely be an obstacle to anything actually getting done.
It’s believed one obstacle to potential deal is that Denver would also be seeking draft compensation in addition to Shumpert for Faried
— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) November 13, 2013
However, with all rumors, like anything, they have a beginning, a middle and an end.
The ending to this particular rumor may have come in the form of two separate reports stemming from Denver’s camp.
— David Aldridge (@daldridgetnt) November 13, 2013
Denver has made it clear to Kenneth Faried’s reps: There are no active talks involving him. Knicks offered Shumpert. Denver rejected idea.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) November 13, 2013
As with all trade discussions, this may not be the definitive end to talks between the two parties. The possibility still exists that New York, if they want Faried bad enough, might offer other another deal or even try to find a way to involve a third team to help meet Denver’s demands.
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