The New York Knicks and the Denver Nuggets are reportedly talking about a trade swapping Iman Shumpert and Kenneth Faried, according to the New York Daily News‘ Frank Isola. Apparently the Knicks have fallen out of favor with 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.
Isola also added that “no deal is imminent” according to his league source. The Knicks are looking to bolster their front court after center Tyson Chandler is out with a broken leg and will be miss at least a month. Amar’e Stoudemire and Kenyon Martin have been playing controlled minutes because of their health.
Faried is desirable for the Knicks because of his rebounding. This would be a blockbuster trade if it works out. The two teams have worked together on trades before, Carmelo Anthony was traded from the Nuggets to the Knicks.
For now, there is no additional news on if other pieces would be involved in the trade. As information comes out we’ll keep you up to date.