Knicks To Trade Shump For Draft Pick
The New York Knicks were a knee injury scare away from trading Iman Shumpert at February’s deadline.
With the NBA Draft Thursday and the Knicks once again finding themselves absent of a pick it looks like the 23 year old slasher is back on the block.
OKC Thunder were the biggest suitor on deadline day and look to be once again. The Thunder hold the 21st & 29th pick in this years draft. A draft that is said to be filled with the best pool of players since the 2003 draft class (LeBron,Wade,Melo,Bosh etc).
The most recent team to join in on the Shumpert talks are the Miami Heat. The Heat have the 26th pick in the draft. This should come to no surprise, Heat President Pat Riley said last week in a post season interview that he will revamp this Heat team after losing in 5 games to the San Antonio Spurs in the NBA Finals.
With the Knicks having so many awful contracts; majority of the teams money is tied up through next season. That’s even with Carmelo Anthony opting out. If Carmelo signs a max deal to stay with the team, expect more players to be on the trading block. Newly appointed President Phil Jackson has made it clear everyone on the roster is in consideration for trades.
This could be more about next summer though. Jackson plans to land a big-name free agent in 2015. Next offseason he would have to give Shumpert a $3.7 million qualifying offer to make him a restricted free agent. Moving him now would simplify next off season and open up even more cap space.