HoopsRumors - The Magic and Knicks have had discussions about a deal that would send J.J. Redick to New York and Iman Shumpert to Orlando, according to Alex Kennedy of HoopsWorld (via Twitter). Kennedy notes that if the teams were to get serious about a trade, other players, or perhaps a third club, would have to get involved in order to match salaries. Shumpert’s agent, Happy Walters, said yesterday that reports indicating that his client is unhappy with his role in New York and wants to be traded are “totally false.” However, that doesn’t necessarily mean that the Knicks wouldn’t consider moving him. Although the team seems to value Shumpert highly, he remains virtually the only young piece on a team of veterans. If the Knicks decide to go all-in to contend in the short term, the second-year guard would be the club’s most logical trade chip. The Suns were also said to have interest in Shumpert, though ESPN.com’s Chris Broussardreported last week that a deal involving Shumpert and Jared Dudley is “not happening.” Meanwhile, the Bucks, Bulls, and Pacers are among the teams reportedly interested in Redick.
I’m not one of these Knicks fans who went all in on Shumpert after a solid half a season of basketball. He’s a solid young defensive guard, and theres never anything wrong with that. But I feel like some over eager Knicks fans expected Shumpert to come back from his knee injury and play like an All Star veteran, solve the last of their defensive woes, and be the last piece that they needed to make a title run. I mean you would have thought Shump and Amare returning was on par with Derrick Rose’s return in Chicago or something. All of that is just absurd expectations for a guy who had like 60 career games under his belt. He’s the guy with the funny flat top that likes to rap and has shown promise to be a useful young athletic guard. No more no less.
Now that being said JJ Reddick is not the guy you wanna make a move for. Whether its trading Shumpert or anyone else. JJ Reddick is not the guy that take the Knicks from contenders to favorites. I’m by no means a expert of the Orlando Magic but generally speaking He’s a pretty one dimensional player who ain’t bringing much to the table. I’d be open to trading Shumpert, he’s by no means untouchable or anything like that. But not for yet another outsider shooter who doesn’t bring much on the defensive end of the court.
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