The New York Knicks are reportedly attempting to revisit trade talks with the Nuggets for a deal that would send third-year swingman Iman Shumpert to Denver in exchange for high-flying forward Kenneth Faried, according to a tweet Tuesday afternoon from Marc Stein of ESPN. The two sides reportedly engaged in talks in November.
For the Knicks, the move would be an attempt to bolster a banged-up frontcourt that has seen Tyson Chandler, Amar'e Stoudemire and Kenyon Martin spend extended periods of time sidelined due to lingering injuries.
For the Nuggets, a move to acquire Shumpert could be more likely now than it was several months ago when rumors of the talks first surfaced. Since then, Nuggets point guard Nate Robinson has been deemed out for the season after undergoing knee surgery, Ty Lawson is out indefinitely after suffering a fractured rib last weekend and veteran guard Andre Miller remains unavailable because of disputes with head coach Brian Shaw.
The 24-year-old Faried is currently averaging 10.5 points and 7.6 rebounds in 24 minutes per game. In 49 appearances so far this season, the 23-year-old Shumpert is averaging seven points, 4.6 rebounds and 1.2 steals in 27 minutes per game.
Hearing that Knicks are trying again to re-engage Denver and sell Nuggets on idea of trade built around Shumpert-for-Faried before deadline
— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) February 11, 2014
The league-mandated deadline for all trades this season is Feb. 20. The Knicks are currently 20-31 and would not make the playoffs if they started today. The Nuggets are two games under .500 at 24-26 and would also miss the playoffs.MAHONEY: The Fundamentals: How are the Bulls still winning after trading away Luol Deng?