According to Alex Kennedy of HoopsWorld, the New York Knicks are shopping a two-player package of Amare Stoudemire and Iman Shumpert “in an attempt to land a significant player.”
While it’s still a far-fetched rumor, Kennedy’s source said that the Knicks have thought about partnering with the Hawks in a trade, offering said package, in hopes of securing Josh Smith.
The deal makes sense for the Knicks, as they’d secure a power-forward to pair with Melo and Chandler for a championship run this year. While Stoudemire could be that power forward, too, in such a deal, the Knicks would rid themselves of Stoudemire’s monstrous contract and create some cap room moving forward.
The deal doesn’t make much sense for the Hawks, though, as they’d be adding Stoudemire’s length, rich and un-insured contract, but they have recently gone through a salary-shedding off-season, so might be okay adding such a contract if a young piece is included. That young piece would be Shumpert, an enticing player to a number of teams.
While I doubt this rumor comes into fruition, it’s interesting to hear that the Knicks are thinking about pairing Stoudemire’s contract with Shumpert’s youth, in hopes of landing another marquee player.
We’re less than 48 hours from the trade deadline, so brace yourselves!
UPDATE: According to Ken Berger, Atlanta Hawks General Manager, Danny Ferry, “has told prospective trade partners that he is not interested in taking back future salary.” With that said, a Stoudemire/Shumpert – Smith swap is basically impossible.