Stein: Shump deal coming soon than later

Iman Shumpert's future with the Knicks remains up in the air. Scott Cunningham/NBAE/Getty Images

Talks between the New York Knicks and Denver Nuggets for an Iman Shumpert-Kenneth Faried swap have died down in recent days.

But that doesn't necessarily mean that the Knicks don't intend to trade Shumpert.

ESPN.com's Marc Stein reports the following on Shumpert via his Stein Line Live blog:

More and more folks around the league see some sort of Shumpert deal materializing sooner rather than later, given that he’s New York’s only real asset of value to make an in-season move and with the Knicks increasingly confident that they’ve got enough at the position to handle Shumpert’s exit now that J.R. Smith is back and with rookie Tim Hardaway Jr. looking good early.

Are the trade rumors affecting Shumpert on the court? Mike Woodson was asked on his weekly radio spot on ESPN New York 98.7 FM's "The Stephen A. and Ryan Ruocco Show" if the trade reports are impacting Shumpert's confidence.

"I'm sure it does," the coach said.

Woodson has talked to Shumpert about the trade rumors, but there's nothing he can do to truly put Shumpert's mind at ease.

"I can’t tell any player that they’re not going to be traded. I’m not in position to do that," Woodson said. "But what I can tell a player: It is a business and it’s part of the business. Right now you’re in a New York Knicks uniform. The only thing you should be worried about is playing and helping us win basketball games."

Carmelo Anthony, speaking at an event at the Madison Square Garden Boys & Girls Club in the Bronx, said he's talked to Shumpert about the rumors.

"I know it's kind of hard for me, or for him to listen to that. ... I have to tell him, just focus on basketball, everything else will take care of itself," Anthony said. "It can get to you. When you're hearing your name in trade rumors. You can take it two ways: You can take it that people really want you or people don't appreciate you."

Shumpert hasn't said much about the trade rumors in recent days.

He declined to answer a direct question on Thursday about whether he wants to remain in New York.

"I just want to play, dog. I just want to play ball. We're just trying to win," he said. "We're in a slump right now at home, and we're trying to fix that. That's all we're worried about right now."

Woodson meets with J.R., Chris Smith: Woodson said on ESPN New York 98.7 FM that he spoke with Chris and J.R. Smith about J.R.'s tweet to Brandon Jennings. Smith was fined $25,000 by the NBA for the tweet on Friday.

Woodson's message was a strong one:

"There’s got to come a time where you stop putting yourself in that position ... you can’t keep putting yourself in that position. It’s going to come a time when you keep doing it, eventually no team is going to want to deal with you," Woodson said. "You got to learn from it. Those are the things where I’m trying to get this young man to do."

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