Alex Kennedy of Hoopsworld/USA Today reports that the Knicks and Magic have discussed a deal involving Iman Shumpert for JJ Redick. Here’s Kennedy:
The Magic and Knicks have discussed a J.J. Redick for Iman Shumpert trade. Other players (and maybe a third team) would have to be involved.
Nothing imminent, but it’s something to keep an eye on over next few days. Redick helps NY win now, Shumpert gives ORL another young piece.
If you’re going to trade Iman Shumpert, JJ Redick is a pretty darn perfect guy to get in return. The guy is a career 40% three point shooter, a career 58.7% True Shooting Percentage and a good defender. Plus he’s young enough that he’ll likely be good for the foreseeable future.
Shumpert clearly has a higher upside than Redick, but is the high quality play that Redick pretty much guarantees you worth trading Shumpert?
I think I’d do it, but I wouldn’t feel great about it (especially since it would likely freak JR Smith the eff out “Oh hey, JR, you know how you’re a free agent and all? Well, we just traded for a better version of you who is also a free agent. You’re cool with that, right?”). It makes tons of sense for Orlando, though (although I wonder if they’d move Shump back to the point and have him be Nelson’s heir apparent – a Shump/Afflalo backcourt could be quite good in a few years).