The Iman Shumpert trade talks have been going on well before this past trade deadline. In the first weeks of the season, there were rumors that the New York Knicks offered the Denver Nuggets Shumpert for Kenneth Faried straight up and the Nuggets declined.
At the time, the majority of Knicks fans were against the trade, valuing Shumpert very highly. With hindsight 20/20, I would say most Knicks fans would be in favor if this trade was proposed again, but I think it’s a no brainer that the Nuggets would once again decline.
Shumpert’s growth as a player has stunted and he hasn’t developed like a first round player should in his third year. He doesn’t have a reliable jump shot, can’t score on his own, and has no value at the point guard position. Shumpert still holds his own on defense, guarding point guards, shooting guards, and small forwards on a nightly basis.
Faried would have given the Knicks something they lack, a presence in the paint. It’s no secret the Knicks aren’t very good defensively, and it doesn’t help that Tyson Chandler isn’t playing like the Chandler of two years ago.
Faried can also produce on the offensive side of the ball, and if you don’t count Carmelo Anthony, who can score from anywhere on the floor, the Knicks don’t have anyone who can score down low. A young and explosive big man would have been a nice piece to bring into the Knicks.
With Shumpert’s knees acting up again in addition to his woes on the court. It’s safe to say Knicks fans would be in favor for a Shumpert-Faried trade in a heartbeat right now. The Nuggets said no before, and they would 100 percent say no once again.