According to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports the Los Angeles Clippers and New York Knicks are discussing a trade that would send Iman Shumpert and Raymond Felton to the Clippers in return for a package that would be led by PG Darren Collison.
The Knicks have been aggressively shopping Shumpert around the market because they perceive his value to be high around the league and are interested in acquiring a point guard that can effectively run with Carmelo Anthony for years to come. Collision, 26, has proven that he can be a playmaker in his time with the Clippers and during his previous stops in Indiana, Dallas and New Orleans.
The Clippers are determined to grab more athleticism from the market and would like to get at least one big man and one wing player to fill out their rotation. J.J. Redick, the Clippers best outside shooter other than Jamal Crawford, will be out for 3-5 weeks and may not play until the playoffs. If the Clippers want to compete for a top-4 seed and clinch home court advantage for the first round of the playoffs they are going to need to replace Redick’s production in the lineup.
Iman Shumpert may not replace Redick’s scoring ability; however, he is a great young defender who has proven he can get to the basket and score the basketball from deep. He is ridiculously athletic and would be a huge upgrade over the struggling Jared Dudley, whom the Clippers may trade, in the rotation. Felton isn’t the same player he used to be and has put on a bit of weight, which has slowed him down. However, he is a capable point guard who wouldn’t miss a beat as Chris Paul‘s backup.
As long as this trade doesn’t cost the Clippers a first round pick I would strongly consider it if I was the Clippers General Manager.