Posted February 11, 2014

Report: Knicks attempting to revisit Iman Shumpert-Kenneth Faried talks with Nuggets

Iman Shumpert is averaging seven points, 4.6 rebounds and 1.2 steals in 27 minutes per game this season. (Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

Iman Shumpert is averaging seven points per game this season. (Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

The New York Knicks are reportedly attempting to revisit trade talks with the Nuggets for a deal that would send third-year swingman Iman Shumpert to Denver in exchange for high-flying forward Kenneth Faried, according to a tweet Tuesday afternoon from Marc Stein of ESPN. The two sides reportedly engaged in talks in November.

For the Knicks, the move would be an attempt to bolster a banged-up frontcourt that has seen Tyson Chandler, Amar’e Stoudemire and Kenyon Martin spend extended periods of time sidelined due to lingering injuries.

For the Nuggets, a move to acquire Shumpert could be more likely now than it was several months ago when rumors of the talks first surfaced. Since then, Nuggets point guard Nate Robinson has been deemed out for the season after undergoing knee surgery, Ty Lawson is out indefinitely after suffering a fractured rib last weekend and veteran guard Andre Miller remains unavailable because of disputes with head coach Brian Shaw.

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The 24-year-old Faried is currently averaging 10.5 points and 7.6 rebounds in 24 minutes per game. In 49 appearances so far this season, the 23-year-old Shumpert is averaging seven points, 4.6 rebounds and 1.2 steals in 27 minutes per game.

The league-mandated deadline for all trades this season is Feb. 20. The Knicks are currently 20-31 and would not make the playoffs if they started today. The Nuggets are two games under .500 at 24-26 and would also miss the playoffs.

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Why would the Nuggets trade Faried for Shumpert? How would that benefit them? I can't see this happening unless the Knicks throw a little more value (not junk parts) into the deal. Faried has limitations but rebounds and provides energy. On a better team, like Denver had last season, he was a critical piece. On a bad team in 2014, he looks less impressive. No way would a reasonable GM trade Faried for Shumpert straight up. It's up to the Knicks to create more value if they want a deal.