The New York Knicks are playing a game of chicken with themselves at the moment as they decide whether they want to trade for Toronto Raptors guard Kyle Lowry. A deal could go down this weekend but if it does, New York Daily News reporter Frank Isola is reporting that you shouldn’t expect Iman Shumpert or Amare Stoudemire to be a part of that deal.
The reasoning behind Isola’s comments has less to do with the current Lowry trade talks and more to do with talks that could take place later on. Isola states that a Knicks source indicated that New York is hanging onto Shumpert and Stoudemire so they can possibly be packaged together in a future deal.
According to a source, the Knicks would prefer to keep Shumpert out of the deal for the purpose of including him in a future trade and perhaps package him with Amar’e Stoudemire.
Shumpert’s name is coming up because Isola reports that the Raptors could end up living with taking the guard in place of the Knicks 2018 first-round pick they want instead for Lowry. But this just shows the dysfunction going on in New York right now as owner James Dolan doesn’t want to mortgage his team’s future to acquire Lowry now, but is only doing holding Shumpert’s name out of the deal so he can possibly move him later.
It’s possible that Shumpert could fetch a deal that helps get the franchise back on track but time is running out and Shumpert is a rising star in the NBA.
The Knicks need a lot of help and the whole addition by subtraction thing isn’t working because it’s clear the Knicks don’t understand the math behind it.