Iman Shumpert Reportedly Had Secret Knee Surgery During 2013 Offseason

Dan FavaleFeatured ColumnistNovember 17, 2013

NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 16:  Iman Shumpert #21 of the New York Knicks looks on during the first half against the Atlanta Hawks at Madison Square Garden on November 16, 2013 in New York City. The Hawks defeat the Knicks 110-90. 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 Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)
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Iman Shumpert had knee surgery over the offseason, but don't tell anyone because the New York Knicks want to keep it a secret.

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:

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.

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:

General manager Danny Ainge and the Boston Celtics aren't interested? You don't say. 

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.

Oct 13, 2012; Hartford, CT, USA; Boston Celtics guard Rajon Rondo (9) shoots the ball against New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony (7) and center Tyson Chandler (6) during the first half at XL Center.  Mandatory Credit: Mark L. Baer-USA TODAY Sports
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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.

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).