Knicks Rumors: New York Reportedly Interested in Timberwolves PG Luke Ridnour

Timothy RappFeatured ColumnistFebruary 13, 2013

NEW ORLEANS, LA - DECEMBER 14:  Head coach Rick Adelman talks with Luke Ridnour #13 of the Minnesota Timberwolves during the game against the New Orleans Hornets at New Orleans Arena on December 14, 2012 in New Orleans, Louisiana.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
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In a rumor that may come as a bit of a surprise to New York Knicks fans, the team apparently has interest in dealing for Luke Ridnour of the Minnesota Timberwolves.

From Alex Kennedy of HOOPSWORLD:

I'm not going to lie, this one is a bit hard for me to understand. Both Raymond Felton and Jason Kidd are available to hold down the point guard position, while the Knicks have J.R. Smith, Iman Shumpert and Ronnie Brewer all available in the backcourt.

Heck, Pablo Prigioni hasn't even earned limited minutes of late. Depth in the backcourt doesn't seem to be an issue in New York.

Then again, there have been rumors that Shumpert might be moved at the deadline, and Ridnour would give them more backcourt options. Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports! reported this weekend that the Phoenix Suns were interested in acquiring Shumpert:

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.

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.

Head coach Mike Woodson also told Stephen A. Smith on ESPN New York 98.7 FM that the team wouldn't be moving Shumpert before the February 21 trading deadline. While you can generally take what coaches say this time of year with a grain of salt, it's hard to imagine the Knicks moving Shumpert.

And it's hard to imagine the team bringing in Ridnour. Smart front offices always ask around the league and inquire about players, so I'm sure the Knicks have done their due diligence with Ridnour, but I'd be surprised if he was a Knick by next Tuesday.

For now, let's file this one away in the "possible but unlikely" cabinet.


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