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Iman Shumpert's days with the Knicks are numbered.
The organization tried to move Shump to the Denver Nuggets for Kenneth Faried at the beginning of the season, and again recently, but to no avail. There have also been rumblings about two other destinations for the young shooting guard: the Toronto Raptors and Atlanta Hawks.
The deal with the Raptors would deliver Kyle Lowry, but there have been a few snafus in discussions. According to Ian Begley of ESPNNewYork.com:
[New York has] been reluctant to include sharpshooting rookie Tim Hardaway Jr. or a future first-round draft pick in any deal. One of those two pieces is believed to be a prerequisite for Toronto to consider giving up Lowry.
Moving Hardaway Jr. or a first-round pick, in addition to Shumpert, would be a sideways move (at best), regardless of Lowry's talent and the Knicks' need for a competent point guard, so unless the Raptors lower their asking price, it's more likely to see Shump in a Hawks uniform.
The deal with Atlanta would send Jeff Teague to New York.
Although Teague, according to Brendan Maloy of Sports Illustrated, "has veto power over any trades, as the Hawks matched an offer sheet from the Milwaukee Bucks when he was a restricted free agent last summer," it would be hard to imagine him turning down the opportunity to play in New York—especially with his brother Marquis Teague across town as a member of the Brooklyn Nets.
Expect Shump to be traded by Feb. 20's deadline and expect it to be to the Atlanta Hawks, where he may finally flourish offensively.