The Phoenix Suns might be desperate in the 2012-13 NBA season, but the latest rumor linking them with New York Knicks guard Iman Shumpert just isn't going to happen.
The Knickerbockers would simply have to be crazy to agree to the rumored deal.
According to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports: "The Suns are willing to give New York a package that includes forward Jared Dudley and possibly a future first-round pick for Shumpert, but the Knicks have so far shown no inclination to do such a deal, sources said."
The Knicks' lack of interest is perfectly right and valid, for this is a deal where only one team is coming out a winner—and it isn't New York.
Dudley is averaging 11.8 points and 3.6 rebounds this season, and whilst Shumpert is only sitting on 5.3 points and 3.1 rebounds, the fact he is only 12 games back from injury is largely at play there—as is the fact he is playing less than 20 minutes per game.
With the Knicks excelling in the Eastern Conference at the moment, trading away someone like Shumpert doesn't seem to make much sense. New York is playoff-bound this year, and losing a guy like Shumpert just to replace him with a future draft pick wouldn't be a great postseason move by the Knicks' front office.
“He said don’t worry about it,” Shumpert said. “Rumors are rumors. I don’t really care. I just have to play ball. I can’t control that anyway. It’s nothing to worry about. I just have to go out there and play.”
Before Sunday’s game, Woodson denied the report and said he would like Shumpert to remain with the Knicks because of his defensive abilities and his high level of energy on the court. But Woodson also knows he cannot make any promises to Shumpert on whether he will stay in New York.
“I don’t think you ever tell a player he’s not going anywhere,” Woodson said. “That’s kind of out of my hands. If the owner came to me and said, ‘Hey, we have to do a deal,’ then you do the deal.”
Even star forward Carmelo Anthony chimed in with a sharp "“he ain’t going anywhere; he ain’t got to worry about that" when asked of the trade rumors.
And yet the speculation will no doubt hang over the Suns, the Knicks and indeed Shumpert until either a deal is made or the trade deadline passes.
The Knicks should know better than to make a season-changing move like this with the playoffs in sight at the end of the year. But, it is called the silly season for a reason, and you simply never quite know.
Hopefully, for the sake of the team's chemistry, the Knicks see the Shumpert-to-Phoenix trade rumor for exactly what it is.
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