Jan 25, 2014; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Los Angeles Clippers guard Darren Collison (2) during their game against the Toronto Raptors at Air Canada Centre. The Clippers beat the Raptors 126-118. Mandatory Credit: Tom Szczerbowski-USA TODAY Sports

NBA Trade Rumors: Are Knicks on verge of acquiring Clippers' Darren Collison?

The New York Knicks desperately want, and need, to acquire an upgrade at the point guard position before Thursday’s trade deadline comes and goes.

Feb 12, 2014; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Clippers coach Doc Rivers (right) and guard Darren Collison during the game against the Portland Trail Blazers at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

After striking out on the likes of  Kyle Lowry, Jeff Teague, Rajon Rondo and now apparently Jeremy Lin, it looks as if  the Knicks have turned their attention to the Los Angeles Clippers and Darren Collison.

The Knicks and Clippers are in talks on a deal that would send Collison to New York for Iman Shumpert and Raymond Felton, reports Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports.

A deal isn’t close and the proposal is fluid, but the Clippers are interested in Shumpert, Wojnarowski writes. The Clippers would need to add more than Collison to a package to absorb Shumpert and Felton. Other players have been discussed between the two teams to make the salaries match up in a deal, sources said.

Clippers coach Doc Rivers has expressed affection for Collison on several occasions this season, notes Sean Deveney of The Sporting News, so his inclusion could become a stumbling block.

Collison filled in very nicely for Chris Paul this year when CP3 was injured and has shown the ability to be a decent playmaker in stops in New Orleans, Indiana, Dallas and now the Clippers.

The Clippers are determined to upgrade the athleticism on the wings and sees Shumpert, 23, as a player who can complement J.J. Redick (when he returns from injury) and Jared Dudley.

Wojnarowski also notes that the Knicks are more than determined to move Shump by the deadline.

With the Knicks not wanting to part with Tim Hardaway Jr. in potential deals for Lowry, Rondo or Lin, it could end up that Collison is their next best bet.

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