Report: Knicks Open To Trading Shumpert or J.R. Smith
Another day, another trade rumor involving the New York Knicks. This one involves the same duo from the earlier rumors and reports.
Ian Begley of ESPN New York is reporting that the Knicks have a logjam at shooting guard, and someone has to go.
Working to clear the logjam in the backcourt, the Knicks are discussing their potential trade options with guards J.R. Smith, Iman Shumpert and Shane Larkin, a league source said Sunday.
“They’re working on trying to make a move in the backcourt,” the NBA source familiar with the Knicks’ thinking said.
The idea that the Knicks are trying to make a trade to balance the roster isn’t earth-shattering. President Phil Jackson and GM Steve Mills have mentioned the Knicks have a surplus in the backcourt, with Mills saying last week the Knicks are “heavy” at shooting guard.
Both Smith and Shumpert have been at the center of trade rumors since Phil Jackson was hired. Hardaway Jr. is set to workout with the USA select team, and would seem to be the only untouchable out the group.