With every passing day before the Feb. 20 NBA trade deadline, it seems a new trailer load of rumors is reloaded for public consumption. We all know—these rumors must be taken with a grain of salt.
However, some have stronger legs than others.
Here's a look at the most feasible and substance supported rumors circulating the NBA trade talk circuit.
Kennet Faried to New York Knicks Revived
The Knicks were interested in the Manimal months ago but were unable to pry him away from the Denver Nuggets. Per Marc Stein of ESPN.com, the team is apparently ready to dangle guard Iman Shumpert in front of the Nuggets again as potential trade bait.
The Knicks desperately need energy and youth in the frontcourt.
The 24-year-old could provide those qualities for New York. The Newark, N.J. native is averaging 10.5 points, 7.6 rebounds and one blocked shot per game.
Though he's a bit undersized for the power forward spot at 6'8", his long arms, energy and springboard hops help him play bigger than he is.
Shumpert has struggled all season in New York. Most would probably agree that he still has some upside to his career. He may need a change of scenery.
One source close to the situation said the most likely trade scenario -- if it ever progresses to a serious stage -- would package Shumpert and Beno Udrih to Denver for Faried and Jordan Hamilton. But that's the issue; New York simply hasn't been able to get Denver to seriously consider the idea.
Chances are, the Nuggets will turn the Knicks away again, unless perhaps New York can find a third team to help sweeten the pot.
The Washington Wizards Interested in Beno Udrih and Andre Miller
The Knicks might actually have a player on their roster not named Carmelo Anthony that another team actually wants. Per Stein, the Wizards are interested in adding Udrih as a backup point guard option.
I’m a Knick. I’ve always been professional. I’m going to stay professional. Whatever happens outside the basketball court, it’s not in my power. If something happens, it happens. But right now, I’m a Knick, wearing a Knick uniform, staying in shape.
Per Stein, the Wizards also fancy Andre Miller, but it's apparent the Nuggets aren't just driving a hard bargain with the Knicks.
We shall see if the Knicks will actually swing a deal before Feb. 20, or continued to be at the center of the much-ado-about-nothing talks.
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