Oh god no. Please no. I don’t even want to unearth this ungodly and horrible rumor. But, I must do my duties as the mastermind of this site.
On ESPN First Take, Stephen A. Smith revealed that the 76ers and Knicks have had talks about a deal that would send Iman Shumpert and Amar’e Stoudemire to the Sixers. What would be going to New York wasn’t revealed, but that trade rumor is enough to make me shriek.
The 76ers are involved in any team trying to dump massive salaries, since they have around $30 million in cap space this offseason. The contracts of Shumpert and Stoudemire take up around $25 million, which would help the Knicks try to do whatever they’re trying to do this offseason. With Carmelo Anthony expected to make his decision today, this trade could happen sooner rather than later if the rumors are true.
The prize in this whole ordeal would be the Sixers getting to services of Iman Shumper — a 24-year-old guard who stands at 6-foot-5. Shumpert is a former first-round draft pick and is averaging 7.7 points in his three seasons in the NBA. He has yet to shoot over 40 percent from the field in his career, which is something that isn’t that attractive. However, Shumpert is an insane athlete and had some crazy bounce before he tore his ACL, which caused him to miss some of the 2012-13 season.
Amar’e Stoudemire, on the other hand, would just be something that the 76ers would have to deal with if they wanted Shumpert. Stoudemire put up 12 points and 5 boards last season, but his best days are clearly behind him. With Stoudemire being due close to $21 million, it would leave the 76ers as one of the only teams in the NBA that can — and would — absorb that contract.
The talks don’t seem too serious at this moment, but make sure to check back for any updates on this situation.