NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — In November, the Nuggets reportedly rejected the Knicks’ offer of Iman Shumpert for Kenneth Faried.
Well the Shumpert-for-Faried talks have been revisited.
According to Marc Stein of ESPN.com, New York has again attempted to persuade Denver to agree to a swap of the shooting guard for the power forward, but the Nuggets don’t appear to be interested in such a trade.
The disappointing Nuggets would like to get rid of one of their long-term contracts in a deal, Stein reported, but general manager Steve Mills is reluctant to take on such a contract.
The website also reports that the Wizards have shown interest in point guard Beno Udrih. The veteran reportedly requested a trade last month after he voiced his frustration with head coach Mike Woodson.
The most likely trade possibility, according to ESPN.com, would be the Knicks shipping Udrih and Shumpert to the Nuggets for Faried and Jordan Hamilton.
In his third NBA season, Shumpert is averaging 7.0 points, 1.8 assists and 4.6 rebounds in 27.2 minutes per game. Udrih is averaging 5.6 points, 3.5 assists and 1.8 rebounds in 19.0 minutes per game. Shumpert has started 49 games for New York this season and Udrih has started 12.
Faried, a 6-foot-8, 228-pounder who hails from Newark, N.J., was the 22nd overall pick in the 2011 draft by Denver.
The big man has started 45 games in 2013-14, averaging 10.5 points, 7.6 rebounds and 1.0 blocks in 24.8 minutes per game.
The Knicks, who will take on the lowly Kings on Wednesday night in their last game before the All-Star break, are 20-31. The ‘Bockers are in third place in the Atlantic Division — seven games behind the Raptors — and two-and-a-half games behind the Bobcats for the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.
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