Monday, February 18, 2013
Shumpert won't ask for a trade
By Nick Borges
UPDATE: Shumpert's agent read the item from Sheridan and he says it is not accurate.
Happy Walters tweeted: "For the record, no one has requested an Iman trade from the Knicks. The report from Chris Sheridan is incorrect. Sheridan needs to check facts before reporting. As Iman's agent, you would think I would get a call fact checking a report. Really?"
New York head coach Mike Woodson has said he doesn't expect the Knicks to trade Iman Shumpert, however there was a report from Chris Sheridan of Sheridanhoops.com claiming the team hasn't completely shut the door on the idea. Also some in Shumpert's camp aren't happy with his current role in the playing rotation.
“There are major concerns (from people close to Shumpert) over how the Knicks are developing him,” said an unnamed source. “They feel he’s being played out of position (at small forward) and his confidence is suffering because of it. They understand the team is having success and it has to be the right deal, but they’d prefer Iman in another situation… And soon.”
Woodson has played others out of their most comfortable positions, Carmelo Anthony at power forward as an example, and he will likely keep doing it if the matchups help the team win games. This is a season of adjustments for several players and Shumpert will just have to do his best working himself back to where he was prior to the torn ACL.
The Knicks are right to take calls for Shumpert, however he will likely stay with the team past this Thursday's trade deadline.