Who would the Knicks have traded for Kyle Lowry?
It’s impossible to know what was really included in the rumored package, as negotiations are always fluid until both teams officially sign off on a trade, and obviously this deal was never finalized, but a recent report by The Athletic put the Knicks offer at Metta World Peace, Iman Shumpert, and a 2018 first round pick.
This was in December of 2013 when Shumpert was a 22-year-old guard coming off a promising rookie season. And while a lot of the focus on this non-trade has been on the Knicks unwillingness to surrender a draft pick, another sticking point came down to the inclusion of Shumpert.
According to the original trade report by Adrian Wojnorawski, the Knicks were looking to trade Raymond Felton instead of Shumpert in an offer that also included Metta World Peace and a 2018 first round pick.
The Knicks, according to Woj, had “no appetite” to include Shumpert or rookie Tim Hardaway Jr. for Lowry.
In the end, after the whole Carmelo Anthony trade fiasco that robbed the Knicks of young talent to put around him, which was orchestrated by Ujiri when he was in Denver, Dolan was not ready to get caught on the wrong side of a trade again, so he balked.