HoopsHype Iman Shumpert rumors

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So Phil’s got to get a star if he loses Anthony. I’ve heard this one: The Knicks get Noah and the Bulls get Tyson Chandler, a good expiring deal so they can go after Kevin Love next year, and Iman Shumpert, who is from Chicago and a good defender who Thibs would like and Pablo Prigioni, a good backup point if they lose Augustin and Hinrich. The Bulls gets three for one. How could they pass on that? Oh, right, they give up the only good player in the deal. Just what the Knicks might be thinking regarding Anthony. NBA.com

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Jackson also stressed in his chat with reporters last week how much he values players applying pressure on defense. Shumpert’s widely regarded as one of the top perimeter defenders in the league. According to a new metric that measures a player’s defensive value, Shumpert is the third-best defender among shooting guards in the NBA. “I think Phil sees his value on both ends of the floor,” the source said. ESPN.com

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Early in the fourth quarter, with the Knicks — who had led by 16 at one point — holding a slim 68-66 lead and little momentum, Anthony made his biggest play of the night, finding Iman Shumpert for a 3-pointer, his only points of the night. Anthony scored the next time down the floor to increase the lead to seven. “It’s simple — if a man is open, you pass him the ball,” Anthony said. “My teammates made shots — when I found them, they [were] open.” New York Post

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Now Shumpert appears to have a legitimate future with Phil Jackson’s Knicks. According to a league source, Jackson is a fan of Shumpert. Shumpert is a defensive-minded player who sacrifices his game and doesn’t need to score a lot to have an impact. “Iman is still part of this,’’ a league source familiar with the Knicks’ thinking told The Post. New York Post

Shumpert will be in the final year of his rookie contract next season, earning $2.6 million. If he continues to play like he has recently, he’ll have trade value this summer. But he also could have value on this roster as Jackson revamps. Like a lot of Knicks, he will be on audition in the final 15 games as the Knicks vie for a playoff berth. “Whatever Phil adds on, I’m sure will be positive for this ballclub,’’ Shumpert said. “I’m happy about it. Anything that will help my game — he’s had success helping players.’’ New York Post

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Even after Shumpert suffered a strained left MCL in a Knicks loss last Wednesday, Oklahoma City was willing to part with this year'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 year'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. ESPN.com

While Shumpert's injury did not deter the Thunder, it did kill the Knicks' hopes of sending him to Los Angeles. Clippers coach Doc Rivers really wanted Shumpert, sources say, and Rivers was willing to do a deal that would have sent Darren Collison, Matt Barnes, Byron Mullens and two second-round picks to New York for Shumpert, Felton and Beno Udrih. But Clippers owner Donald Sterling and others within the organization were hesitant to bet on Shumpert after seeing him go down in Wednesday's game at New Orleans, according to sources. ESPN.com

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However, according to a person familiar with the guards thinking, Shumpert feels he can be used better by coach Mike Woodson. Shumpert, according to the source, prefers not to play the small-forward position in the team’s two point-guard alignment. But especially with Andrea Bargnani injured, Woodson wants to roll with a three-guard unit to keep Carmelo Anthony at power forward. New York Post

Shumpert’s trade value in the league is a matter of taste. “Not a big fan,’’ said one NBA executive. “He’s not a good shooter. Is he a stopper or just a good defender? His performances are all over the place. He’s an OK rotation player on maybe a playoff team, but on Indiana or Miami, he wouldn’t even play.’’ New York Post

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Carmelo Anthony said last week that he was very interested in re-signing this offseason as long as the Knicks showed him a strong plan to become a title contender again. Making a big splash prior to the trade deadline would have been one way to impress Anthony. A source familiar with the circumstances said New York was "close" to a deal that would have brought a much-needed point guard Darren Collison and forward Matt Barnes in exchange for point guard Raymond Felton and shooting guard Iman Shumpert. But it didn't happen. The Knicks' brass might have to work some magic on draft night to impress Anthony before free agency begins. Yahoo! Sports

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