Earlier this week, ESPN.com’s Marc Stein reported that the Knicks were trying to trade into the first round of tonight's draft, offering teams Iman Shumpert in exchange for a pick. After Wednesday’s Tyson Chandler trade, there was speculation that the Knicks will use some of their acquisitions to try to get in the first round. They also have two second-round picks to offer and $1.8 in cash to offer to get into the first round.
Below, we take a brief look at the pros and cons of the Knicks trading into the first round tonight:
Pros: Shumpert struggled for much of last season, so the Knicks would have a chance to start fresh with a player who makes less money than the 2011 first-round pick. The Knicks have their eyes on P.J. Hairston, the ex-UNC guard whom they worked out earlier this month. If Hairston falls to late in the first round, the Knicks may look to deal Shumpert or, according to several reports, the recently acquired Shane Larkin, to try and get Hairston. They also have reportedly been interested in Syracuse guard Tyler Ennis. The Knicks also could have interest in Shabazz Napier and Jahii Carson.
Hairston is seen by scouts as a strong shooter who has the ability to get to the basket. He had a nice campaign in the D-League last season after his dismissal from UNC. Ennis had a strong season at Syracuse. Either player could end up being a nice rotation piece for New York.
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Cons: Shumpert is seen by some as a guard who is built to succeed in the triangle. He's drawn comparisons to ex-Bulls and Lakers guard Ron Harper. Shumpert is long and is a solid defender, but he has struggled with his outside shot in recent years. Of course, Shumpert may have been impacted by the Knicks’ offensive system -- or lack thereof -- last season. So, some scouts feel he can turn things around under Phil Jackson and Derek Fisher in the triangle offense. By dealing him away, the Knicks won’t be able to find out if Shumpert can succeed in the triangle or not.
Also, when it comes to Larkin, the former University of Miami guard was a first-round pick, so the Knicks would essentially be dealing last year’s first-round pick for this year's. That could be a lateral move instead of a step forward. But, of course, that depends on the player available. So the bigger risk, we think, would be to trade Shumpert for a first-rounder.
Question: Do you think the Knicks should trade Shumpert or Larkin for a late first-round pick?
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