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Iman Shumpert and J.J. Redick have both come up in multiple trade rumors so far this season, and now there are reports the Orlando Magics and New York Knicks are considering trading the two for each other.
Despite rumors that Iman Shumpert hasn't requested a trade, his name continues to pop up in rumors, most recently in one that would have sent him from the Knicks to the Orlando Magic in exchange for J.J. Redick. From HoopsWorld reporter Adam Kennedy:
The Magic and Knicks have discussed a J.J. Redick for Iman Shumpert trade. Other players (and maybe a third team) would have to be involved.— Alex Kennedy (@AlexKennedyNBA) February 19, 2013
Both players have been bandied about heavily in trade talks, and so far as hypothetical trades make sense, this one does: Shumpert is the only player on the Knicks under the age of 27, he's got loads of talent and the Magic are rebuilding. And Redick has come on strongly this year, and would provide another knockdown shooter for a team that lives and dies by the three.
Shumpert had been discussed in trades for another shooter, Jared Dudley, last week, but those talks fizzled - with the issue seemingly the Knicks' lack of interest in Dudley rather than a lack of interest in dealing Shumpert. There were reports Shumpert was unhappy in New York and had requested a trade, but Shumpert's agent Happy Walters Tweeted that was not the case. Shumpert is having a bit of a mixed year so far since a return from ACL surgery: in 13 games back from injury, he's shooting a dismal 33 percent from the floor, but 41 percent from three - up from 30 percent last year - and his rebounding average has increased despite a heavy reduction in minutes.
Redick has had a fine year, averaging a career-high 15.3 points per game in an expanded role on a freefalling Magic team. As such, they're looking to deal him. He's a free agent at the end of the year, and it seems unlikely the Magic are willing to let him walk without getting value in return. Orlando Pinstriped Post said they Magic want at least a first-round draft pick in return for Redick, while his name has come up in rumors to the Bucks, Bulls, Pacers, and Celtics, although we haven't heard much in the way of what potential packages teams are offering in exchange for the shooting guard.