The Supermarket Sweep on Knicks guards has begun and according to a source that spoke with ESPN, it appears like J.R. Smith and Iman Shumpert are the two players the Knicks are fine with letting go. No deal has been reported, but it looks like the Knicks front office is throwing feelers out there to see what they can get in return.
Last week, The Knicks Wall gave you a guide on what the guard situation looks like as of right now and what their future should look like heading into the season.
We’ve heard for months what the market for Iman looks like — OKC has shown a lot of interest, even as far as a trade being agreed upon before it fell apart last minute – but for an inconsistent 6th man with as much talent as he does, and with a growing list of fines and suspensions, the market for Earl Smith could be less flattering even though he would be a nice addition that could put a team over the edge.
J.R. makes $5.9m and $6.3m for the next two seasons, that’s not much when looking for similar contracts to match, but trading him this late in the off-season after most teams have retooled in free agency and the draft, the challenge would be to find expiring contracts and/or cheap deals that can help now while giving the Knicks the flexibility in 2015.
[Pans over to the trade machine]
- Portland was the biggest surprise last season, with many expecting them to tank; they actually managed a 5th seed out of a bare roster and took out a loaded Houston team before falling to eventual champions Spurs. With this proposed trade, the Knicks get back expiring contracts and better position in 2015, while Portland gets a proven scorer and immediate bench help.
- Many aren’t sure what exactly Michael Jordan is building in Charlotte but it seems like it’s starting to make sense. With money commited to Al Jefferson, in his prime, and Kemba Walker, in his last year of his rookie deal and expecting a big extenson, the Hornets need to win now. J.R. can help with that by spelling Michael Kidd-Gilchrist for more offense. The Knicks get back Gary Neal, on the last year of his contract, who can shoot lights out.
- The Mavericks offseason: Traded Jose Calderon, lost Vince Carter, getting nowhere with Shawn Marion, re-signed Dirk to $25m over 3 years with the expectation to win now, and took in Raymond Felton; they need all the help they can get.
Honestly, there isn’t much you can do with J.R. Smith around the league, most contending teams have reasonable options off the bench and others don’t want the headache that he will most likely bring — the Knicks are going to have to be creative if they really want to get rid of the only proven help Carmelo has had on the offensive end. But you have to wonder, why would any team gamble on a player who could derail your road to the finals?
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