With this news, the Los Angeles Clippers get their first mention in the trade deadline talks. According to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports, the Clippers and New York Knicks are discussing a deal that could send Iman Shumpert and Raymond Felton to Los Angeles in exchange for Darren Collison.
The Knicks are shopping Shumpert hard, and the Clippers have been receptive to listening on a potential deal, league sources said.
The discussions and proposed players are still fluid, league sources said, and a deal isn’t close to being reached. Nevertheless, Shumpert is an object of interest for the Clippers and the recent return of All-Star point guard Chris Paul makes Collison more expendable.
The Clippers would need to add more than Collison to a package to absorb Shumpert and Felton. Other players have been discussed between the two teams to make the salaries match up in a deal, sources said.
via Sources: Clippers are talking deal for Knicks’ Iman Shumpert | Yahoo Sports
Immediately after Wojnarowski’s initial post on the Clippers being interested in Iman Shumpert other media members, Howard Beck of Bleacher Report being one of them, reported that, according to sources, rookie shooting guard Reggie Bullock could be the other player included in this deal.
After the announcement that J.J. Redick would be out indefinitely with a hip injury, Doc Rivers stated that the injury wouldn’t impact the way the Clippers approach the trade deadline. That now looks like a lie. Adding Shumpert softens the blow that is lowing Redick. Upon arrival he’d become the team’s best perimeter defender, something the Clippers need desperately. One would hope that playing under a coach like Rivers could revive Shumpert’s lost season as he is averaging 7.0 points on 38 percent shooting (34 percent from three), 4.5 rebounds and 1.8 assists per game.
Despite the player Shumpert could be, I’m wary on giving up on Reggie Bullock, a player who fits what the Clippers love to do. He was a noted three-point shooter during his time in North Carolina and has shown that he can be an above average defender in the NBA, having to go up against the likes of Carmelo Anthony, Kevin Durant, and Paul George, coming away successful. He’s Shumpert without the heightened expectations. But for some reason, even with Redick out and the other wings playing below average, Rivers hasn’t been able to find minutes for Bullock off the bench, opting to play Hedo Turkoglu, Willie Green, and Jared Dudley ahead of him.
The talks on a trade are preliminary, so we’ll see how things play out as the trade deadline ends at 3 PM tomorrow.