Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports reported on February 9 that the Phoenix Suns were attempting to orchestrate a trade for Iman Shumpert of the New York Knicks.
Phoenix's offer included swingman Jared Dudley and a future first-round draft choice.
According to Ian Begley of ESPN New York, superstar Carmelo Anthony and head coach Mike Woodson both came to Shumpert's defense.
Most recently, Chris Sheridan of SheridanHoops.com reported that those close to Shumpert claim his confidence is declining due to his current situation in New York:
“There are major concerns (from people close to Shumpert) over how the Knicks are developing him,” a source from another team told SheridanHoops.com, speaking on the condition of anonymity.
“They feel he’s being played out of position (at small forward) and his confidence is suffering because of it. They understand the team is having success and it has to be the right deal, but they’d prefer Iman in another situation… And soon.”
It doesn't sound good for the Knicks.
Shumpert is averaging 9.7 minutes less in 2012-13 than he did in 2011-12. He's also playing out of position at small forward.
The question is, will he be out of New York by the time the trade deadline passes? Quite simply, no.
Sheridan's report makes sense—unfortunately, the Knicks are an organization that has proven to be nothing short of unpredictable.
When it comes to going against Carmelo's wishes, however, Dolan would never do it. Not even if Shumpert asked him to.