NBA Trade Rumors: Knicks boosting Shumpert's value in weird ways

Nov 13, 2013; Atlanta, GA, USA; New York Knicks shooting guard Iman Shumpert (21) dribbles past Atlanta Hawks small forward Cartier Martin (20) in the first half at Philips Arena. Mandatory Credit: Daniel Shirey-USA TODAY Sports

NBA Trade Rumors

It’s no secret that the New York Knicks are trying to move Iman Shumpert. The two-guard has had several shouting matches with teammates this season and is slowly drifting away. But, considering all the drama and Shumpert’s struggles on the floor, along with the fact that it’s evident that the Knicks are for some reason desperate to get rid of the third-year man, his market value is likely at an all-time low. The Knicks management are reportedly trying to brush it all off and are blaming it on the coaching.

According to league sources with knowledge of the team’s talks with potential trade partners, president/GM Steve Mills’ management team has also cited Mike Woodson’s coaching as one reason for Shumpert’s poor play.

“They’re saying that Shumpert’s a better player [than he's shown] but Woodson isn’t using him right,” one league source said.

(via ESPN)

If it’s true, it’s a very interesting marketing tactic. The Knicks are clearly trying to milk the most out of Shumpert, as he is still a young two-guard who has upside. Moving him shouldn’t really be a problem, but the big question is what the team can get in return. Most reports are suggesting that the Knicks are looking to add frontcourt depth, especially with Tyson Chandler still sidelined.

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