Eager to change their fortunes for the future, the Phoenix Suns are reportedly making an aggressive push for New York Knicks guard Iman Shumpert.
According to Yahoo! Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski, the Suns have engaged the Knicks with a package that includes three-point marksman Jared Dudley and possibly even a future first-round pick.
However, the two sides aren't yet close to an agreement, as Wojnarowski's sources say the Knicks "have so far shown no inclination to do such a deal."
The high-energy, high-flying guard from Georgia Tech has started all 11 of his games for the Knicks after returning from tearing an ACL late in the 2011-12 season. New York is 8-3 since his return, and Shumpert is averaging 5.6 points per game.
After regretting they passed on Shumpert in the 2011 NBA draft, the Suns pushed the Knicks to include him in sign-and-trade scenarios discussed for Steve Nash in July. In the past week, the Suns have scouted Shumpert in person, sources said.
Dudley, the player reportedly coming back to the Knicks in these trade scenarios, is averaging nearly 12 points per game and shooting 39 percent from the three-point line this season. His ability to stretch the floor and play tough defense would be a major selling point for the Suns in trade talks.
It's unclear what kind of interest, if any, the Knicks would have in parting with one of the youngest pieces on an aging roster. The Knicks got by without Shumpert during the first part of the season, but Jason Kidd will need extra rest down the stretch, and Raymond Felton has already been injured once this season.
Either way, we'll continue to keep you updated on this Shump-to-Suns saga as more information becomes available.