NBA Trade Rumors: Knicks Would Be Crazy to Deal Iman Shumpert to Suns

Mike MoraitisAnalyst IFebruary 9, 2013

LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 17:  Iman Shumpert of New York Knicks looks on during the NBA London Live 2013 game between New York Knicks and the Detroit Pistons at the O2 Arena on January 17, 2013 in London, England.  (Photo by Jamie McDonald/Getty Images)
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Iman Shumpert is one of the New York Knicks' most promising young players, so it would be crazy for them to trade him.

In a piece by Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports, it appears the Phoenix Suns are making an effort to try and make a deal for the young guard:

As the Phoenix Suns try to reshuffle their roster for the future, their front office remains motivated to try to acquire New York Knicks guard Iman Shumpert, league sources told Yahoo! Sports.

Thankfully for the Knicks and their fans, it seems there's absolutely no indication that the team is willing to pull the trigger on such a deal.

Per Wojnarowski's report, the Suns' package will likely revolve around fellow guard, Jared Dudley and a potential first-round pick.

Dudley's numbers are better than Shumpert's this season, as the Suns guard is averaging 11.8 points, 3.6 rebounds and 2.6 assists in nearly 30 minutes per contest. Shumpert, on the other hand, is averaging 5.6 points, 1.7 assists and 3.3 rebounds per game, but he's playing just shy of 19 minutes per game.

"Shump" is also coming off an ACL injury last season that didn't allow him to play until the middle of January. Chances are that Shumpert is still getting back into the swing of things and will improve his all-around play with more time on the floor.

Dudley is a nice player and could be a benefit for the Knicks, but what Shumpert brings to the table is far more important.

In just his second season in the NBA, Shumpert is already considered one of the premier perimeter defenders in the NBA today.

There are few, if any, who can impact a game defensively like Shumpert can, and that's something a defensive-minded coach like Mike Woodson won't allow to leave without a fight.

Offensively, Shumpert is still developing his outside game, but he has proven to be deadly off the dribble and can blow by opposing defenders.

The Knicks are also having a great season during the 2012-13 campaign with a 32-16 record and are one-and-a-half games behind the Miami Heat for the No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference, as of Saturday morning.

There is a great chance New York makes a run in the playoffs this season, and that could mean a meeting with the Heat in the conference finals.

A defender like Shumpert will be an integral piece to the Knicks' championship puzzle with his ability to slow down elite players like Dwyane Wade, for example.

On top of that, there is absolutely no reason for the Knicks to make this deal since Dudley is an offensive player first and foremost. New York is already ranked No. 8 in points per game, so more offense isn't necessary.

Impact defenders like Shumpert just don't fall out of the sky.

With that being said, the Knicks must avoid any deal for the second-year guard at all costs.