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Nov 13, 2013; Atlanta, GA, USA; New York Knicks shooting guard Iman Shumpert (21) dribbles past Atlanta Hawks small forward Cartier Martin (20) in the first half at Philips Arena. Mandatory Credit: Daniel Shirey-USA TODAY Sports

Iman Shumpert reportedly had secret offseason knee surgery

It’s no secret that the New York Knicks front office is committed to dealing guard Iman Shumpert sooner rather than later.

That task may have just become a whole lot tougher.

Nov 16, 2013; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks shooting guard Iman Shumpert (21) drives the lane during the third quarter against the Atlanta Hawks at Madison Square Garden. Atlanta Hawks won 110-90. Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports

According to the New York Daily News Frank Isola, the third-year guard underwent surgery on his left knee this past summer. The Knicks reportedly wanted to keep the surgery, Shumpert’s second knee surgery in as many years, a secret.

Isola wrote:

Iman Shumpert had a second left knee operation over the summer, the Daily News has learned and it is unclear if the unreported surgery could impact his trade value with the desperate Knicks trying to package Shumpert in a number of proposed deals including one for Boston’s Rajon Rondo.

According to a source, Shumpert had arthroscopic surgery on his left knee last July that the Knicks never reported.

The organization was apparently upset with Shumpert for the timing of the surgery, which reportedly came after he played in one Vegas Summer League game, rather than having the procedure done after the season.

The bright side is that the surgery hasn’t affected Shump much this season as he has played in every game and is averaging more than 30 minutes per night.

The sad part is the whole covering up the surgery.

This is starting to become a problem for the organization as they also tried to cover up the fact that Amar’e Stoudemire had offseason knee surgery as well.

Why so secretive I must ask?

James Dolan and company are not CIA operatives, they run a basketball team. Things like this will get figured out whether they try and hide them or not. Hiding the facts just makes the entire organization look foolish.

As for how it pertains to Shumpert’s trade value, it is natural that it would take a hit.

Other teams inquiring about the third year guard have to proceed with caution as they aren’t only getting a player who is coming off two knee surgeries in two years, but they have to proceed wondering why the Knicks were so secretive about hiding the facts again.

At the end of the day, I fully expect Shumpert to be dealt and I also fully expect the Knicks not to get fair value for him.

At the end of the day though, they only have themselves to blame.

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