Yahoo! Sports’ Adrian Wojnarowski reports that the Phoenix Suns are making a play for Iman Shumpert of the New York Knicks. Which is to say, they’ve called the Knicks and told them this, and the Knicks shot them down.
The Suns already have been linked to Josh Smith, and they remain the single most logical landing spot for Richard Hamilton, when the Chicago Bulls finally get around to trading him. They are not good, despite possessing a number of solid veteran players, and have the single worst wing rotation ever, with Jared Dudley representing their only decent wing player. Naturally, that’s who they’d send to New York for Shumpert, according to Woj.
Woj is very clear that the Knicks are not interested in trading Shumpert, so it’s not really clear why he’s bothered reporting it. Also, Dudley makes about $3 million more this season than Shumpert does, which makes the trade a non-starter unless the Suns take on significant other salary as well. Marcus Camby would make sense, money-wise, but his three year deal may be a bit much for the Suns’ taste.
In other news, multiple outlets have reported that former Bull Ben Gordon could be on the move again. After the Charlotte Bobcats acquired him over the summer, word is that the Brooklyn Nets want him to fill the role he excelled in with the Bulls as their main scorer off the bench. The Bobcats would get Kris Humphries, who would give them a big man who doesn’t suck, something they desperately need. The contracts are roughly the same, and ditching Gordon would give Charlotte more minutes to give their young, potential franchise centerpiece guards.
Odds are nothing comes from anything above, but it’s still fun to argue about.