Ever since the “Iman Shumpert to Denver for the Nuggets Kenneth Faried” rumor hit a few weeks back, the NBA has been ripe with rumors for possible destinations for Shump.
Talk has been anything from a trade to the Celtics for Rajon Rondo, to one for disgruntled Rockets big man, Omer Asik.
But taking the cap into account and the December 15th deadline for recently signed players, here are some actual possibilities the Knicks have if they want to use Shumpert in a trade.
[Thanks To ESPN.com and their “NBA Trade Machine“]
1. Knicks trade Iman Shumpert, Ray Felton, and Tim Hardaway Jr. to the Phoenix Suns for Goran Dragic and P.J. Tucker.
The thought process for this deal is the Suns, looking to rebuild with a possible 4 1st-round picks this off-season will save $4 million exchanging point guards, all while bringing in a young defensive stalwart who could easily replace Tucker’s offensive play.
The Knicks could do this because Dragic has been somewhat hidden in Phoenix since Steve Nash left, averaging 14.7 points and 7.4 assists with 32% shooting from the 3-point line in 2012-13. He also brought a little defensively, with 3.1 rebounds and 1.6 steals per game.
Tucker has seen an improvement this year, for the first time laying over 30 minutes a game. Averaging 9.1 pts and 4.3 steals, he could be a bit of a spark off the bench, but what they really will get is hot 3-point shooter, so far, at 55% on the season. For a team that likes to shoot, he may be a nice asset.
2. Knicks trade Shumpert and Felton to the Sacramento Kings for Greivis Vasquez and Ben McLemore.
The Kings have a bit of a log-jam at point guard, with their seemingly favorite, Isaiah Thomas, being unable to find his way to the starting lineup, nor seeing enough minutes behind Vasquez, who himself, is struggling in his new role for a new team. Raymond Felton would bring a veteran presence to a team that could always use one with DeMarcus Cousins around. Iman Shumpert would help the Kings build on their 10th ranked defense.
For the Knicks, Vasquez would be the strongest pure point guard they have had in a while, coming off a season where he went 13 and 9, good for 3rd in the league in assists. McLemore would replace Shumpert as a young, but unfinished asset.
3. Knicks trade Shumpert and Felton to the Cleveland Cavaliers for Dion Waiters and Tyler Zeller.
On paper, you think to yourself, “Why would the Cavaliers give up on Waiters now?”
Well, they probably will not. But a report out of the Akron Beacon Journal suggests there may be some unrest in Cleveland after a rumor that Waiters could be heading to the bench. There have been rumors of a false illness and an absence where no one could find him. If he is about to become a malcontent for the Cavs, it is possible he could be pried away for the right deal.
Shumpert has been all team-oriented in his time in New York and would fit in nicely next to franchise player, Kyrie Irving.
Along with Waiters would come Tyler Zeller, who could be some help up front for the Knicks, who desperately need big bodies who can rebound whether Tyson Chandler is there or not. Stuck behind Anderson Varejao, Andrew Bynum, Tristan Thompson, and the 2013 First Overall Pick, Anthony Bennett, Zeller and his 5.7 rebounds per game in 2012-13 could be expendable as well.