Several teams were interested in New York Knicks’ guard Iman Shumpert entering last Thursday afternoon’s trade deadline.
He was nearly dealt to both the Los Angeles Clippers and Oklahoma City Thunder.
According to ESPN’s Chris Broussard, Shumpert’s injury, which was later revealed to be relatively minor, did not factor in to a potential trade.
Even after Shumpert suffered a strained left MCL in a Knicks loss last Wednesday, Oklahoma City was willing to part with this season’s first-round draft pick to land the Knicks shooting guard, according to sources with knowledge of the trade discussions. The Knicks, however, refused to do the deal because they weren’t getting a current player in return who could help them make a push for this season’s Eastern Conference playoffs. At the end of the day, they deemed Shumpert more valuable than the 28th pick (or whatever low pick OKC gets) of the draft, sources said.
The Knicks’ priority all along in trading Shumpert was to attach Raymond Felton’s contract to the deal and get a solid point guard in return. That nearly happened with the Clippers.
Shumpert is averaging 6.9 points, 4.5 rebounds and 1.8 assists per game this season.