Thursday, July 18th, 2013 at 9:50 am  |  19 responses

Knicks Owner James Dolan Reportedly Wanted to Trade Iman Shumpert

During an off-the-air conversation with Dwight Howard (during which the big fella talked about his tough time in LA), ESPN reporter Stephen A. Smith let it slip that he heard New York Knicks owner James Dolan got so mad at Iman Shumpert not wanting to play in the Summer League, he threatened to trade the young stud. Per the NY Post: “And by the way, [James] Dolan was ready to trade [Shumpert] because he didn’t want to work out in the summer league,’ Smith told Howard. ‘Dolan’s talking about trading him. I said, ‘Trade who? You better hold on to that boy. You better not lose Iman Shumpert.’ That boy can play.’ [...] How much truth there is to this is unknown. Smith never reported it as a story for ESPN and has not commented on the story since the video came out. Shumpert said all the right things, but he missed the first two practices and only played in one Summer League game with the Knicks saying they were interested in watching his ball-handling skills. Shumpert was one of the more experienced players in Vegas for a league usually devoted to rookies and castoffs. If the Knicks do opt to trade Shumpert, the Rockets might be interested. Howard’s response to Smith was, ‘He can come here.’”

(H/T: @AzazNYK)

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  • spit hot fiyah

    i love how they flip the switch at the end of the video and go into serious interview mode

  • Vince

    James Dolan is an idiot.

  • Joshua Maria Peter Bautista

    If he trades Shump, it better be for someone like Lance Stephenson or Avery Bradley.

  • shockexchange

    Telling “what had happened” and “what he done seen or heard?” Stephen A. broke about 500 codes of the streets with this one.

  • RR

    Is Dolan trying to become the worst defensive team in the league?? If I’m Tyson chandler ill demand a trade if they don’t get a defensive player back because he’ll be in every poster this season..

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  • Caboose

    Was it for Jared Dudley?

  • spit hot fiyah

    dont’t try to start s#!t lol

  • Mer

    Dolan’s mad at his team’s best young player for not playing in the SL DESPITE coming off of ACL surgery. AND he wants to go so far as to trade that player?! What’s he thinkin’?!

  • Dfrance

    Wait, he wanted him to play in the summer league this summer? To look at his ball handling?? Has he not been on the team for 2 seasons?

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  • danpowers

    stephen a smith loses credibility as a source with each headline he makes lol

    i could imagine tho that this is true given dolan’s sub zero basketball iq.

  • https://twitter.com/jasontichenor Mr. Wet

    If I’m tyson chandler I block shots and count my money.

  • Max

    Not for Lance, Avery maybe.

  • RR

    Well good look with the 50+ facials per game Tyson..

  • RKJ92

    Lance has more potential! we’re talking about a 6’5 PG that can defend 3 postitions, and is a one man fast break man child.. I’m not saying Dolan should trade Shump for Lance but bro I’d at LEAST consider it if you threw some other pieces into the deal; Lance has way more potential then a 6’2 190lb (soaking wet) Avery Bradley.

  • RKJ92

    Dolan’s a class A idiot.. trustttt lol

  • knicksnow21

    lance stephenson or bradley are you high iman can ball man he not a one game wonder like lance

  • knicksnow21

    have you even seen iman shumpert really play and are you comparing him to lance from the one game in the playoffs i promise you that was a one time game by lance hes so grabbed iman shumpert has 5 times the potential