NEW ORLEANS (CBSNewYork/AP) — Iman Shumpert left the New York Knicks’ 98-91 win over the Pelicans on Wednesday night with a sprained left knee.
Shumpert injured the knee, the same one which sustained a torn ACL in his rookie year, when he tried to come to a stop while driving to the basket in the third quarter. He was immediately helped to the Knicks’ locker room.
“Just frustrating,” Shumpert said. “Injury after injury. It’s been a frustrating year.”
Shumpert, who has been the subject of trade rumors, hurt the knee during the 2012 playoffs and didn’t return until January 2013.
“They said my ACL is fine,” Shumpert said. “That was my biggest concern. They didn’t seem to think it was bad. I just hope it’s not.”
Shumpert sprained his MCL, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports.
The injury could affect Shumpert’s trade value as the Knicks, trying to deal for a point guard prior to Thursday’s deadline, have reportedly been shopping the defensive whiz.
New York was in talks with the Los Angeles Clippers for Darren Collison, according to the New York Post. Shumpert would have been part of that trade. The Oklahoma City Thunder have also looked into dealing for Shumpert, the Post reported.
“Whatever’s going to happen is going to happen,” Shumpert said. “I can’t really do anything about it.”
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