On Wednesday, a report surfaced that the Denver Nuggets and New York Knicks were discussing a potential swap of forward Kenneth Faried and guard Iman Shumpert.
Shumpert, a former first-round pick, has fallen out of favor with both head coach Mike Woodson and owner James Dolan. And with J.R. Smith promoted to the starting lineup at shooting guard for Wednesday’s game against the Atlanta Hawks, Shumpert will likely lose his starting spot once Chandler returns.
Faried’s representatives were worried about a potential move, but Yahoo’s Adrian Wojnarowski reports the Nuggets have set them straight.
Denver has made it clear to Kenneth Faried’s reps: There are no active talks involving him. Knicks offered Shumpert. Denver rejected idea.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) November 13, 2013
Faried is averaging 8.8 points and 8.5 rebounds in 23.7 minutes per game while Shumpert is putting up 9.5 points and 4.7 rebounds in 29.7 minutes per game.
With Tyson Chandler sidelined and with Amar’e Stoudemire and Kenyon Martin constantly plagued by injuries, the deal makes sense for the Knicks.
Obviously, the Nuggets don’t think the move makes as much sense for them.