According to Hoopsworld's Alex Kennedy:
The Magic and Knicks have discussed a J.J. Redick for Iman Shumpert trade. Other players (and maybe a third team) would have to be involved.— Alex Kennedy (@AlexKennedyNBA) February 19, 2013
On the surface, it doesn't seem like the world's greatest deal if you're a New York fan. After all, your team is considering trading away its best young talent.
Yet in reality, the deal would favor New York in that it allows the Knicks to compete for a championship this year, rather than being "thereabouts" for the next few years.
The Knicks are part of two crucial pieces of information regarding this trade—the first being that they're currently sitting second overall in the Eastern Conference. With a 32-18 record that puts them as the sixth best team in the league, the Knicks are a genuine playoff threat in 2013 and have real potential to make a deep run in the postseason.
Yet what the Knicks have this year, they might not have in two years' time.
Looking at this New York squad, there's little to suggest that the Knicks have time to sit around and be patient in the league regarding player trades.
They don't have time to bring in young players and nurture them if they want to win a championship; 2013 could be their best opportunity in the near future for that.
After all, New York does currently have the oldest team roster on hand, with Shumpert their only player under the age of 26. Yup. One player under 26 years of age, with eight players currently aged 30 or older on their current squad (per ESPN).
There is a serious sense of urgency, then, this year about winning a championship in New York. The front office guys know that their squad is aging, but the team knows that they're playing good basketball now, and this could well be their year.
Thus a move for J.J. Redick—whilst it's not at all a sexy trade—makes sense for the Knicks. It would give them an experienced point guard who is more than capable of thriving when his team need him most, but more importantly, it would give them an immediate upgrade on Shumpert.
The 22-year-old has a mountain of potential and could well be better than Redick one day, but that day isn't going to come anytime this season.
If the Knicks want to win a championship, they know that this year could be their best shot, and that making a move for Redick will improve their chances.
The deal makes sense from the Magic's point of view also, in that they'll no doubt be happy to get a young, talented guard in like Shumpert at the expense of an older guy like Redick—who never really quite matched the potential he showed earlier on in his career.
Orlando only have three guys over 30 in their current squad, and have eight guys available who are still either 25 or younger (per ESPN).
The Magic have time to wait for Shumpert to get 100 percent healthy and develop—something that the Knicks don't have in their favor here. If they're going to compete for a championship, then it seems they're likely to do so this year, which means they're likely to go all in with Redick.
In the long run, the deal could well hurt the franchise. But in the short term, if it means postseason success in 2013, that pain will quickly be forgotten.
That's the risk, and the reward, that's in front of the Knicks at the moment, and that's why they need to make the tough call and pull the trigger on J.J. Redick.
Said Kennedy of the fork in the road that New York have come to:
The Knicks have a tough decision to make.
Do they keep Shumpert and develop him over the next few years or do they trade him in for a veteran and go all-in on this season?
And that, it seems, is the biggest question of them all.
Do you think that the NY Knicks should go all-in for J.J. Redick?
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