99% of the time getting caught up in NBA trade rumors is something I would urge people to stay away from. So often these rumors are simply leaks by agents in order to create leverage for their clients, and have little to no actual validity to them.
However, every so often a trade rumor is so intriguing that it is just impossible for those of us who love the NBA not to sink our teeth into.
As is the case with the recent Iman Shumpert for Kenneth Faried rumor being floated by Frank Isola of the New York Daily News.
Knicks fans love Iman Shumpert, and for good reason. When at his best, Shumpert can be a lockdown perimeter defender, capable of taking over games with his aggressive play. When his shot is sinking, it can also be a beautiful thing on the offensive end as well. However, inconsistency has plagued Shumpert early in his NBA career. The same player who can dominate defensively, sink open shots, and create offense with his athleticism can disappear at times.
These criticisms are not intended to discredit Shump’s game one bit, if anything I am one of the biggest Shumpert defenders you will find in this town, it’s simply that these are the struggles many young players go through early on in their NBA careers.
As much as I love Iman Shumpert’s game, and believe he has real long term value for any team, I would do this trade in a second if I were the New York Knicks, and I wouldn’t even think twice about it.
The reason is simple.
As good as Shumpert is, the Knicks are rich with guards, and a player of Kenneth Faried’s ability (who the Nuggets have soured on for some reason) does not just fall into your lap everyday. Because of his size and athleticism, Faried’s impact on the Knicks, particularly from a rebounding standpoint, would be felt immediately.
Of course we will never know how much credence should be put into this rumor, but as NBA trade rumors go, this one seems like it could have some legs.
So what do you think?