The Phoenix Suns have made no bones about the fact that they have had remorse over the course of the last two seasons about not drafting Iman Shumpert. Shumpert went to the New York Knicks four picks after Markieff Morris was drafted by the Suns. Morris has averaged just over seven points per game in his career and is proving to be a reasonable reserve for Phoenix, but he just doesn’t have the skill set that Shumpert brings to the Big Apple.
As a result, Phoenix has been trying to pry Shumpert away from the Knicks, but at least at this point, it doesn’t seem like a deal is going to happen.
The Suns are trying to send off Jared Dudley and a protected #1 draft pick to get back Shumpert, a move that New York is balking at. Dudley is a lanky shooter that can do just about anything on the court, but he is making more money than Shumpert is, which would require some money coming back from the Big Apple in the form of perhaps Marcus Camby or Steve Novak as well.
Shumpert is starting for the Knicks at this point, and he is known as a defensive stopper. His numbers aren’t all that impressive, as he is averaging just 5.3 points per game and is shooting 33.8 percent from the field, but many scouts figure that he can round into a good shooter at some point in his career.
New York is entering the All-Star Break in the No. 2 seed in the Eastern Conference and has made its intentions clear that it is going to be trying to add a great piece to the puzzle for the run to the playoffs. Phoenix has just 17 wins, has dropped four in a row, and is now just 2-5 ATS on the NBA betting lines in its last seven games.