Knicks, Clippers Reportedly Talking Iman Shumpert for Darren Collison Trade

Adam Fromal@fromal09National NBA Featured ColumnistFebruary 19, 2014

Jan 25, 2014; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Los Angeles Clippers guard Darren Collison (2) before their game against the Toronto Raptors at Air Canada Centre. The Clippers beat the Raptors 126-118. Mandatory Credit: Tom Szczerbowski-USA TODAY Sports
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UPDATE on Feb. 20 at 3:05 p.m. ET by Dan Favale

Rejoice and be glad Knicks fans. Your team failed to do something stupid by the NBA's trade deadline:

Fist bumps all around, New Yorkers. Fist bumps all around.

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UPDATE on Feb. 20 at 2:55 p.m. ET by Dan Favale

With just minutes to go before the trade deadline, ESPN's Marc Stein says talks between Knicks and Clippers live on:

This trade makes little sense for the Knicks, so New York fans better hope their last-ditch effort to do something stupid falls through.

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UPDATE on Feb. 20 at 1:30 p.m. ET by Dan Favale

Dreams of New York securing a first-round draft pick have been shattered by the same man who helped inspire them, ESPN's Chris Broussard:

Well, that didn't last long. Let's see how this plays out, but it sure seems like nothing of note is going to happen.

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UPDATE on Feb. 20 at 1:20 p.m. ET by Dan Favale

As long as Iman Shumpert's latest injury isn't serious, ESPN's Chris Broussard says a trade could still happen:

The Clippers trade remains terrible for New York, but if the Knicks can get a first-rounder in this year's draft from the Oklahoma City Thunder, well that's incredible.

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UPDATE on Feb. 20 at 9:50 a.m. ET by Dan Favale

Iman Shumpert's latest injury won't stop the Knicks from attempting to revive talks with the Clippers, according to ESPN New York's Ian Begley and Marc Stein:

The New York Knicks are still trying to complete a trade for Los Angeles Clippers point guard Darren Collison before Thursday's trade deadline, according to sources close to the talks.

But sources told on Wednesday night that the talks had been tabled until Thursday, which is deadline day in the NBA. The league's annual trade buzzer sounds at 3 p.m.

And the centerpiece of the Knicks' offer to the Clippers -- swingman Iman Shumpert -- suffered a sprained left knee Wednesday in New York's 98-91 win over New Orleans that could further impact talks. Yahoo! Sports reported the injury was a sprain to the MCL, citing league sources.

Admittedly, Shumpert's injury may have been a blessing in disguise for the Knicks, as it should ensure these talks go nowhere, which in turn ensures they don't deal one of their most valuable trade assets for a backup point guard who lost minutes to Mike James in Dallas last season.

Just saying.

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UPDATE on Feb. 19 at 9 p.m. ET by Sean Hojnacki

ESPN's Marc Stein noted that the Knicks were no longer pursuing a trade to send Iman Shumpert to the Denver Nuggets, instead favoring Beno Udrih as a trade chip. That implied New York was moving closer to striking a deal with the Clippers.

2013 25th-overall pick Reggie Bullock had been a sticking point, but the Clippers would be happy to absorb Felton's contract and give up journeyman forward Matt Barnes instead. 

However, Brad Turner of the Los Angeles Times reported that the deal to send Felton and Shumpert to the Clippers for Collison and Barnes was "dead" for the time being.  

There is still a ton of time left before the 3 p.m. ET deadline on Thursday, and the Knicks seem like they're itching to trade with someone. 

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UPDATE on Feb. 19 at 3 p.m. ET by Dan Favale

ESPN's Marc Stein says talks between the Knicks and Clippers have hit a Raymond Felton-sized wall:

Any other teams interested in Shumpert are going to hit a similar wall, too:

Look at these Knicks, trying to exert leverage like they actually have some. Adorable, right?

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UPDATE on Feb. 19 at 2:10 p.m. ET by Dan Favale

Despite previous reports that the Knicks and Clippers wouldn't strike a deal, ESPN's Ian Begley says they're still talking:

Negotiations continue to take turns here, which isn't surprising given the Knicks are involved.

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UPDATE on Feb. 19 at 1:45 p.m. ET by Adam Fromal

New York Knicks fans, try not to get too excited quite yet. We're all aware you'd like to root for another point guard, one not named Raymond Felton, but even Darren Collison may not be joining the team. 

Though everything sounds good in principle, CBS Sports' Ken Berger is putting the brakes on this potential trade: 

There's no indication why the Shumpert-Collison swap could be falling through, nor is it clear which team is displaying hesitation. 

The search for a point guard continues. 

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We've gone from Kyle Lowry to Rajon Rondo and Jeff Teague, with a little Andre Miller thrown into the mix. But none of those players appear particularly likely to solve the New York Knicks' hole at point guard, simply because the Knicks lack the assets to acquire one of them, Miller notwithstanding. 

So, how about Darren Collison? After all, Yahoo! Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski reports that the Los Angeles Clippers are now in discussions with the Madison Square Garden residents about a potential trade: 

The Los Angeles Clippers and New York Knicks are discussing a deal centered around guard Iman Shumpert, league sources told Yahoo Sports.

In proposed deals, the Clippers would send the Knicks a package that includes point guard Darren Collison for Shumpert and point guard Raymond Felton, sources told Yahoo Sports.

Collison may not be a glamorous name, but he proved more than capable of holding down the fort while Chris Paul was recovering from his separated shoulder. During the 19 games he started in CP3's stead, the speedy floor general averaged 13.4 points, 2.6 rebounds and 6.3 assists per contest while shooting 47.1 percent from the floor, per

The Knicks desperately need a point guard. 

There's no doubt about that, as Raymond Felton has been absolutely terrible, and Pablo Prigioni has yet to make a sizable impact during his second go-round in the NBA. It's the biggest hole in the lineup, and Collison would be a big upgrade: 

However, is it really worth giving up Iman Shumpert for him? 

Although the Knicks have shopped the talented 2-guard for what seems like his entire career, they've been rather bullish on what they'll trade him for. His services have been requested countless times, but New York won't part with him for less than market price. 

Fortunately, it appears as though the Clippers are attempting to sweeten the deal for that very reason. 

The inclusion of a high-potential rookie should tip the scales in favor of pulling the trigger. Shumpert is still a lot to give up, but the Knicks can't bank on unrealized upside when it can be dealt for an immediate upgrade. 

Keeping Carmelo Anthony is still priority No. 1 for New York, and both winning now and clearing up even more cap space for 2015 both work toward that goal. But even the 2015 freedom doesn't matter too much here, because the Knicks need a point guard that badly

According to, New York's 1-guards are producing a 13.0 PER and allowing opposing floor generals to put up a 16.8 PER. Compare that to Collison, who is holding opponents to 12.9 while posting an 18.2 PER of his won. 

The LAC point guard may not be Rondo. Hell, he may not even be Teague or Lowry. 

But he's still worth acquiring for a franchise in dire need of a backcourt spark. 


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