Trade rumors surrounding the Knicks' Iman Shumpert are heating up after the New York Daily News reported the second-year player is unhappy with the direction they team is heading in.
"Shumpert, I've heard, isn't too crazy about the moves the Knicks have made, which could further stunt his development," wrote Daily News reporter Frank Isola in a story published on Saturday.
It's not clear whether Shumpert was referring to the players the Knicks have signed this offseason, who will undoubtedly cut into his playing time, and therefore restrict his development. And Shumpert's development was at the core of the rumors that alleged Knicks owner, James Dolan, and coach Mike Woodson would of liked their young guard to play more games in the NBA Summer League.
The former Georgia Tech star only played in the Knicks opening game in the tournament and was never happy about partaking in the competition, which is usually reserved for rookies and players trying to make into the league. Shumpert's outlook toward the summer league allegedly upset Dolan and even spurred the Knicks owner to consider trading the defensive-minded guard.
"And by the way, Dolan was ready to trade him [Shumpert], because he didn't want to work out in the summer league," said ESPN's Steven A. Smith, during leaked footage of an outtake from an interview with Dwight Howard. "Dolan's talking about trading him. I said, 'Trade who? You better hold onto that boy. You better not lose Iman Shumpert. That boy can play.'"
Woodson also said Shumpert could have benefited from more play in the summer league because it provided and opportunity for the 23-year-old to work on his offensive skills. Woodson said his shooting guard was unable to do so because he had a previous obligation in China, but said the Knicks coaches would work with him in earnest when he returned on July 26 because he "has a long ways to go."