NBA trade rumors: Iman Shumpert coveted by Suns, according to report

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The Suns may be offering a package including Jared Dudley and a draft pick.

After previous reports that the Knicks had interest -- no pursuit, just interest -- in the Suns' Jared Dudley, we get a report headed in the other direction from Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo!:

As the Phoenix Suns try to reshuffle their roster for the future, their front office remains motivated to try to acquire New York Knicks guard Iman Shumpert, league sources told Yahoo! Sports.

The Suns are willing to give New York a package that includes forward Jared Dudley and possibly a future first-round pick for Shumpert, but the Knicks have so far shown no inclination to do such a deal, sources said.

First of all, it's interesting that we previously heard of the Knicks' interest in Dudley, only to have that part shot down by the typically reliable Woj. It seems to suggest that the Suns and/or Dudley are leaking notions of a trade to get those talks started. A straight-up Dudley for Shumpert swap would not work -- Dudley's yearly salary is more than double Shumpert's -- so the Knicks would have to pad their package with minimum-salary players to make it an even deal.

New York is thought of as having a short window for success -- hence all the veterans and the maxed-out payroll -- so trading Shumpert, their only developing player, for a more proven commodity may be in the cards. However, while Dudley's a gifted shooter, he's probably not enough of a perimeter defender to help the Knicks with their foremost weakness, so the lack of interest makes sense. Even with a draft pick coming back (a draft pick the Knicks would almost certainly trade for a 40 year-old), New York seems unlikely to spring for this one. Then again, you never know with the Knicks.

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