Knicks Trade Rumors: Latest Buzz Surrounding Iman Shumpert and Kyle Lowry

Patrick ClarkeCorrespondent IDecember 17, 2013

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The New York Knicks have floundered through the first quarter of the NBA regular season, going 7-17 and falling to 13th in the Eastern Conference standings. 

As a result of their early struggles, the Knicks have been the subject of several trade rumors.

Here we'll take a closer look at the latest buzz floating around the Big Apple.

 

L.A. Lakers Interested in Iman Shumpert?

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According to ESPN The Magazine's Chris Broussard, the Los Angeles Lakers have recently contacted the Knicks to express their interest in shooting guard Iman Shumpert: 

No trade is imminent, and sources say the Lakers' call was more about doing their due diligence; it's well-known Shumpert is available. The Lakers are unlikely to make a deal before the end of their current four-game trip, which concludes Tuesday night in Memphis.

Like the rest of his Knicks teammates, the 23-year-old Shumpert is struggling mightily this season, averaging just 6.6 points on 37 percent shooting from the floor.

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But despite his offensive struggles, Shumpert's defensive prowess makes him a valuable asset on the perimeter. He's also capable of doing damage from beyond the arc. He shot 40 percent from downtown in 2012-13 but is hitting just 33 percent of his long-range shots in 24 games this season.

Lakers shooting guard Kobe Bryant recently made his return to L.A.'s lineup, but injuries to Steve Blake, Steve Nash and Jordan Farmar have left the Lake Show with plenty of holes to fill on its depth chart. 

As Broussard points out, this isn't a deal that's expected to be made anytime soon. But with the trade deadline just two months away, it's a potential move worth keeping an eye on heading into the new year.

 

Knicks Still in the Mix for Kyle Lowry?

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The New York Daily News' Frank Isola reports that New York remains a potential destination for Toronto Raptors point guard Kyle Lowry despite the fact that the team refuses to part ways with another first-round draft pick:

Injuries to Raymond Felton and Pablo Prigioni have left the Knicks with very few options at point guard, and adding Lowry would obviously address a crucial need. But with Lowry averaging 14.3 points and nearly seven assists per game in 2013-14, the Knicks will likely have to give up something notable for a potential trade to work. 

Prigioni suffered a broken toe in Monday's loss to the Washington Wizards and is expected to miss at least two weeks. Meanwhile, Felton is expected to miss another two or three weeks while he recovers from a nagging hamstring injury. 

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Veteran journeyman Beno Udrih is one of the team's few remaining options at point guard but has started just 13 regular-season games since the start of the 2011-12 season.

The Knicks also recalled point guard Chris Smith from the D-League on Tuesday to address their backcourt depth issues, according to Isola:

However, the former Louisville guard and younger brother of Knicks' sixth man J.R. Smith lacks any NBA experience and is unlikely to succeed right away in a major role.

 

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