According to the New York Daily News' Frank Isola, the third-year guard underwent surgery on his left knee this past summer:
Iman Shumpert had a second left knee operation over the summer, the Daily News has learned and it is unclear if the unreported surgery could impact his trade value with the desperate Knicks trying to package Shumpert in a number of proposed deals including one for Boston's Rajon Rondo.
According to a source, Shumpert had arthroscopic surgery on his left knee last July that the Knicks never reported.
ESPN New York's Ian Begley confirmed the news, adding that the timing of his surgery frustrated some within the organization:
Sources confirm Shumpert had offseason surgery on his left knee. The timing of it angered some in #Knicks org. 1st reported by NY Daily News— Ian Begley (@IanBegley) November 17, 2013
Neglecting to inform the public about player surgeries is not out character for the forever-occult Knicks. In September, Isola learned that Amar'e Stoudemire had a secret knee surgery of his own over the summer. Talk about an unnerving pattern.
The knee Shump had operated on is the same one he injured in Game 1 of the 2012 playoffs. He tore his ACL and meniscus and didn't return to the lineup until Jan. 17, 2013.
On the bright side, the covert knifing hasn't hindered Shumpert's availability this season. He's appeared in every game thus far and is averaging over 30 minutes of action a night.
What remains unclear is how Shumpert's latest procedure impacts his trade value. Isola previously reported the Knicks were trying orchestrate a deal for Kenneth Faried, a proposal Yahoo! Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski said the Denver Nuggets rejected.
J.R. Smith is starting & Iman Shumpert could be departing. I'm hearing Knicks-Nuggets continue to discuss an Iman for Kenneth Faried trade.— Frank Isola (@FisolaNYDN) November 13, 2013
Denver has made it clear to Kenneth Faried's reps: There are no active talks involving him. Knicks offered Shumpert. Denver rejected idea.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) November 13, 2013
Failure to strike a deal with the Nuggets hasn't deterred the Knicks, though. Isola says they're in discussions with the Sacramento Kings and are also trying to move Shumpert, Raymond Felton and Amar'e Stoudemire in a complicated Rajon Rondo deal:
There are also reports of the Knicks talking to the Sacramento Kings about a deal for Shumpert. Coincidentally, Kings forward Jason Thompson is represented by Leon Rose, the agent for Carmelo Anthony, J.R. Smith and Chris Smith.
Of course, the Knicks primary target is Rondo, Boston's All Star point guard who is currently recovering from knee surgery. The Knicks have been trying to trade Shumpert, Raymond Felton and Amar'e Stoudemire in a complicated deal for Rondo but the rebuilding Celtics has yet to show much interest.
Chris Broussard of ESPN confirmed that the Celtics weren't interested in dealing with the Knicks:
Knicks looking to upgrade at PG, have eye on Rondo. But sources say no interest on Celtics' part— Chris Broussard (@Chris_Broussard) November 18, 2013
General manager Danny Ainge and the Boston Celtics aren't interested? You don't say.
Sources: Right now, Celtics have every intention of keeping Rondo & seeing if they can build around him.— Chris Broussard (@Chris_Broussard) November 18, 2013
Trading Stoudemire and the $45-plus million remaining on his deal may prove impossible. Moving him in a deal for an All-Star point guard just seems absurd—though Carmelo Anthony would be thrilled.
Marc Berman of the New York Post reported that 'Melo expected the Knicks to make a play for Rondo in July. Maybe he could see Felton's abysmal season coming more than three months in advance.
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Anthony figures Shumpert for a star though, according to Berman, so it's unclear how he would feel about a trade that doesn't give the Knicks a star point guard.
For now at least, the Knicks are stuck with Shumpert, Felton and Stoudemire. For now, they're still without an above-average point guard and defensive linchpin (Tyson Chandler).
And for now, they've officially financed almost as many clandestine surgeries (two) as they have wins (three).