UPDATE: A deal between the Knicks and Thunder is now unlikely due to Iman Shumpert’s injury. The two teams first talked about the potential deal before Wednesday night.
New York Knicks guard Iman Shumpert may be injured at the moment, but that sure isn’t stopping the trade rumors from continuing to pile in.
According to ESPN’s Chris Broussard, the Oklahoma City Thunder are interested in Shumpert and could be willing to give up a first-round pick to acquire him.
Shumpert suffered a sprained left knee (at least that’s what it’s being called at the moment) last night against the New Orleans Pelicans. He is scheduled to undergo an MRI and further tests today, if he hasn’t yet.
The Thunder have been shopping for additional scoring and since they lost out to the Bobcats on a potential Gary Neal deal, it would make some sense if talks between the Knicks and Thunder ever got serious.
Shumpert to OKC would work due to the Thunder’s $2.3 million trade exception they have in their back pocket. Shumpert’s salary this season is $1.7 million.
Shumpert is averaging 6.9 points and 4.5 rebounds per game so far this season with the Knicks.