The New York Knicks will insert J.R. Smith into the starting lineup on Wednesday night against the Atlanta Hawks. With Iman Shumpert now heading to the bench, it now is becoming more apparent that the former first round pick is falling more and more out of Mike Woodson’s good graces.
If that alone isn’t indicative enough, the New York Daily News reported that a trade between the Knicks and Nuggets (that would send Shumpert to Denver in exchange for Kenneth Faried) is gaining some steam.
Talks between the Knicks and Nuggets centered around a deal that would send Iman Sumpert to Denver for forward Kenneth Faried have intensified in recent days, the Daily News has learned.
According to a league source, no deal is imminent, although the struggling Knicks feel they need to make a move to bolster their banged-up front court.
Tyson Chandler is out at least one month after breaking his leg last week while both Amar’e Stoudemire and Kenyon Martin have been placed on a minutes restriction because if their health.
This would be the ultimate desperate move for the Knicks, in my opinion. As some point out, Shumpert is the Knicks best perimeter defender. Why would a team, that struggles defensively, want to trade their best wing defender? It makes no sense. Then I remind myself that we’re talking about the Knicks.
Yes, Faried would add frontcourt depth and great energy to the team, but is it really worth it?
It’s obviously a desperate plea for the Knicks. As I tweeted out: I wouldn’t be surprised if the Knicks pulled the trigger, but I wouldn’t do it.
Faried and Bargs on the floor together would be like a layup line for opposing frontcourts.
— KJ_NBA (@KJ_NBA) November 13, 2013