The New York Knicks have been involved in as many trade rumors as any team in the league this season.
One of the more popular names being thrown around has been Iman Shumpert, who is making $1.8 million this season.
The Thunder have apparently expressed interest in Shumpert and Knicks rookie Tim Hardaway, Jr.
According to a source, Oklahoma City has expressed interest in both Shumpert and rookie Tim Hardaway Jr., though the latter is viewed currently as a virtual untouchable.
Shumpert and Hardaway are both attractive players that could fit into the Thunder’s rotation.
Yesterday, Shumpert was reportedly involved in trade discussions with the Los Angeles Clippers, but those talks have since fizzled.
Last night, Shumpert sprained his left knee. He tore his ACL in that same knee back in April 2012.
Shumpert has played in 52 games this season and is averaging 6.9 points, 4.5 rebounds and 1.8 assists in 26.8 minutes per game. He is shooting 34.5 percent from three after shooting 40.2 percent last season.
The Thunder were reportedly interested in acquiring a two-way wing player at the deadline. Shumpert is just that and with his contract, the Thunder could add him and also stay under the luxury tax.
It’s not certain what it would take to get Shumpert now, and the injury last night may be cause for concern for OKC. The Thunder could certainly throw a few first round picks and possibly Jeremy Lamb or Perry Jones or Hasheem Thabeet the Knicks’ way.
Hardaway is of course on his rookie deal making $1.2 million this season. He’s averaging 9.5 points in 21.3 minutes per game this season and shooting 39.0 percent from three.
Hardaway has had a promising season that may be being blown a bit out of proportion since it’s in New York. Would the Thunder prefer to have Hardaway instead of Lamb? I doubt that. Lamb has more potential as a defender and has shot the ball very well this season too.
If the Thunder really want to try and get one of these two players, I think they have the pieces to put together a package they can send the Knicks that could get the deal done.
We’re less than five hours away from the trade deadline now. Check back with us for the latest buzz surrounding the Thunder and the league.