Iman Shumpert may be on the trade block due to the Knicks' surfeit of shooting guards, according to ESPN.com.
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This comes as no surprise since Shumpert was dangled in multiple trade offers last season, and New York already has Tim Hardaway Jr. and J.R. Smith available at the SG position. Shumpert shot just 37.8 percent from the field last season, including 33.3 percent from downtown, which doesn't help his trade value. Teams may also be turned off by the fact that Shumpert has missed 22.6 percent of the Knicks' games during his three-year career.
The Knicks are reportedly considering trade options involving J.R. Smith, Iman Shumpert and Shane Larkin.
"They're working on trying to make a move in the backcourt," a source told ESPN's Ian Begley. The Knicks have shown zero interest in moving Tim Hardaway Jr. to clear their logjam at SG, and for the moment there are no details about which teams might be involved if a trade does occur. Smith's trade value may be hampered by the $12.4 million he's owed over the next two seasons, and it doesn't help that he admitted he "was playing like a person who didn't want to be [in New York]" last season.
Cleanthony Early double-doubled vs. the Hornets on Saturday with 15 points, 10 boards, two assists and one turnover in 30 minutes.
He was an asset to the summer-league squad and fit in nicely on the wing. Early doesn't put the ball on the floor a lot, so he'll really have to work on his shot from distance in order to make a significant impact. He'll make the team, though.