Iman Shumpert and his hair are staying in New York, says agent. - Jesse Johnson-USA TODAY Sports
The New York Knicks have exceeded expectations so far this season and that could have the team thinking about making a move to get even better before Thursday's deadline.
Reports are that Iman Shumpert could be on the trade block, but Shumpert's agent Happy Walters has shot those rumors down today. Walters said, via Twitter, that no team has requested Shumpert in a trade and he even challenged the credibility of Chris Sheridan. On Saturday, Sheridan reported that Shumpert was indeed on the trade block.
The New York Knicks have shown that they are not afraid to make bold moves and spend money. General manager Glen Grunwald was busy this past offseason -- most notably signing Jason Kidd and trading for Ray Felton -- and is looking to make some minor tweaks to the roster before the NBA trade deadline on Feb. 21st.
Rumors have been swirling about the Knicks adding yet another guard to their already guard heavy roster. Minnesota Timberwolves point guard Luke Ridnour has been linked to the team, per 1500 ESPN's Darren Wolfson. With Kidd, Felton, Pablo Prigioni, J.R. Smith, Ronnie Brewer and Shumpert already battling for minutes at the guard spots, who is the odd man out?
If the Knicks are going add any pieces before the trade deadline, they will have to part with someone. Brewer has seen his role with the team decrease as the season has worn on and his expiring contract of just over $1 million could be a valuable piece for a team like Minnesota, but the Knicks would need to include other players to match the salaries as Ridnour is making $4 million this season.