Marc Stein of ESPN reported late Sunday night, that the New York Knicks seem interested in trading Iman Shumpert for a late first round pick in the NBA Draft.
Hearing: Knicks have explored possibility of swapping Iman Shumpert for late first-round pick heading into Thursday’s draft
— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) June 23, 2014
The most common suitor for the Knicks would seem to be the Oklahoma City Thunder due to the interest that the teams had at the trade deadline to ship Shumpert to the Thunder. The Thunder own both the 21st pick and the 29th pick in the first round.
If the Knicks are willing to trade Shumpert for a pick in the late first round, should it be something the Utah Jazz would be interested in?
In most mock drafts, and my own personal mock draft, it seems like the Jazz would be looking for a player similar to Shumpert anyways. When at full strength, Shumpert seems like he would be a better option than any player the Jazz could draft at 23, however, Shumpert has had an ACL injury in the past that would make teams worry about taking on his contract.
The Jazz need to add veteran free agents this off season rather than taking on more rookie contracts. If the Jazz could convince the Knicks to trade Shumpert for the 23rd pick, there is a part of me that says to do it. If he is healthy, Shumpert has a lot of great skills that the Jazz could use off the bench. He would be a great back up for Alec Burks if the Jazz decide to go that route, however, like I said before, it all depends on if he can stay healthy.