Hey, here's a nice little trade possibility. I figure someone other than the Knicks is going to end up with Beno Udrih by the time this is over:
Latest Knicks buzz: Hearing Knicks' long-running chase of Kenneth Faried now trending toward simpler swap of Beno Udrih for Jordan Hamilton— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) February 20, 2014
Sure. Udrih is nothing to the Knicks. Hamilton is a young wing who can score and who plays relatively light minutes in Denver. He's also a goddamn superstar in Summer League and that MEANS A LOT TO ME. He's also in the last year of his rookie deal, so he might amount to nothing for New York. A pick would be better, I reckon. But anyway, there's this:
Which would suggest Knicks & Clips getting closer to THEIR deal now that Matt Barnes expected to take Reggie Bullock's place in final form— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) February 20, 2014
Does it suggest that? That's kinda yucky. Using Iman Shumpert JUST to get rid of Raymond Felton as soon as possible in exchange for a cheaper and better-but-not-significantly-better point guard like Darren Collison is a little sweeter when Bullock's involved instead of Barnes. Barnes' contract runs out of guaranteed money by 2015, so he's fine in that respect, but he's still Matt Barnes, and Matt Barnes isn't young and promising. Funny, but neither young nor promising. I understand the desire to get rid of Felton, but I like to think the Knicks can do better if they're including Shumpert. I don't know. I don't know what Shumpert's value really is. I wish they'd just fired their damn coach.
That little Udrih-for-Hamilton is nice, though. I'd do that one either way. Or not. Something like that. Whatever. Nothing matters.
Update: (8:24 PM)
Proposed NYK-Clippers deal involving Shumpert, Felton for Collison "not happening," per source. Don't know if it will be revived before Thu.— David Aldridge (@daldridgetnt) February 20, 2014
Update: (8:33 PM) BENO BIDDING WAR YEAHHHHHH
Also hearing Wiz not ready to surrender longstanding interest in Udrih and still hopes to convince NYK to send him to DC instead of Denver— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) February 20, 2014
Update (8:45 PM):
A person closely involved in Knicks-Clippers trade talks still does not see deal happening in current form.— Ken Berger (@KBergCBS) February 20, 2014