The Knicks are second to none behind the Rockets for most active team trade-wise and posses just about one asset they want to trade (sorry Iman). Now that Dec. 15 has passed, it's a full on sprint up until the Feb. 20 trade deadline. Up until now, it felt like it was a countdown clock until Shump would be traded, they're still shopping him but the suitors are slim. Looking at the Knicks roster, there's not a position where they couldn't use some help and the most glaring holes are at point guard and center. If they were to make a deal Shumpert would have to be traded and they'd have to get one of those two things. Thanks NBA Trade Machine for making this a lot easier,
- Raymond Felton thinks he's Kyle Lowry, if the Knicks made this trade they'd actually GET Kyle Lowry. This is a tough one to work because of the salaries but if Masai Ujiri's actually serious about tanking then he should look no further. After the Rudy Gay dump the Raptors ball movement looked so good that this team could actually pull out 35 wins. The Gay trade also meant that Patrick Patterson would join the team, leaving an excess of big bodies left. Hansbrough is behind Patterson in the depth chart and is playing 20 minutes a night. He's a great bargain at two years 6 million who would fit the Kenyon Martin role perfectly. The best part: no more of him looking like Dwight Howard while Amar'e tries to play "defense" on him. Now to Lowry. When the rumors first started swirling I was all for him. His Win Shares/48 have always been well above .1 and his turnovers are at 2 a game while playing 36 minutes. But then the pessimistic me arrived. What's the best case scenario? A one year rental in what's turning into a lost year? If he stays on the team how badly will they overpay him? In three years will I think, they gave up another first rounder for that? In the end, this trade would cover up some wounds but wouldn't quite heal them.
This trade would finally fulfill Shumpert's long lost destiny to be a Sun. The Knicks would also get Plumlee who has looked great for Phoenix but could be expendable once their rookie Alex Len gets back from a stress fracture (they passed on Noel for him, he's gotta be something). Plumlee's averaging 2 blocks a game and has looked very mobile in extended minutes. I've always liked Ish Smith as he's an average shooter who's deceptively quick. The problem here is that Phoenix loves their double point guard scheme which would move Shumpert to small forward, a position he hates so much his brothers/ entourage had to call the Knicks out for committing such an awful crime.
Last night the Grizzlies lost to the Lakers at home, the only other team that could do that would be the Knicks. It's been a tailspin for both teams ever since their playoff losses and that Z-Bo contract is looking pretty deadly for a small market team like the Grizz, in no way is Bargnani's two year 24 million dollar contract a steal, but it's still better than two years 36 million. Beyless has a pretty attractive expiring contract, so flipping that for Felton's is tough. Especially when John Hollinger's the guy you're dealing with. In last year's playoffs, Memphis was so challenged to score that they looked like a college team. Bargnani isn't Mr. Buckets, but when he's on there's not a spot he can't shoot from. This one's intriguing because it puts Memphis two million under the tax line, and they've got bird rights for Shump which means he could end up a better option than Tony Allen once free agency rolls around.
These would all be great, but as long as James Dolan's running the show, the other team has to get the better. Keep on vetoing 'em James!