After an up-and-down filled day updating the world on the details of a possible trade, things seemed to have stalled according to Adrian Wojnarowski:
After several rounds of negotiations, the Los Angeles Clippers and New York Knicks have abandoned discussions on a proposed trade centered on guard Iman Shumpert, league sources told Yahoo Sports.
The Knicks had interest in bringing back Clippers point guard Darren Collison and rookie Reggie Bullock as part of a package, but wanted Los Angeles to accept Raymond Felton in the deal, sources said. The Clippers resisted the Felton element of the deal, and were reluctant to part with Bullock or any draft picks in talks, sources said. (Clippers-Knicks talks collapse in deal involving Iman Shumpert)
Bravo to the Clippers for resisting this trade. Raymond Felton is the kind of player who you take on when acquiring a known, positive quantity that’ll have a huge impact on the teams future going forward. Basically a defensive forward who can free up Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan from running their bodies into the ground before the season comes. Iman Shumpert isn’t that guy, even with J.J. Redick out indefinitely and the team looking to fill that void. He’s not worth Reggie Bullock at the moment and certainly isn’t worth a future first-round pick. At least alongside Felton, Shumpert isn’t.
And to add more harm to the story, Shumpert’s MCL strain all, but guarantees that these discussions are over with unless the test results come back negative. This is an automatic red flag as Shumpert’s play hasn’t bounced back to what it was prior to tearing his ACL in the 2012 NBA playoffs. Any team has to be weary at how Shump’s knees have been a big problem throughout his short career.
This was the only deal the Clippers were mentioned in today. With this off the table, the Clippers will be able to aggressively shop the pieces that were involved in this deal. The deadline ends at 3 P.M. Eastern Time, so don’t count this team out as they are still a few pieces away from being a legitimate contender this season.