Odds & Ends: Shumpert, Faried, Suns, Sixers

All day long, media outlets have been reporting that Knicks guard Iman Shumpert might be traded in an attempt to aid the team’s ailing frontcourt. Despite the flux of rumors, Lang Greene over at HoopsWorld reports Shumpert isn’t fazed by seeing his name involved in trade talks: “If it’s going to happen, it will happen. I’m young. I’m an asset. So I’ll be in the [trade] rumors, I guess.” Although a move to Denver has been reportedly ruled out, several teams are still thought to be interested in the third year Georgia Tech product.

Here are some more interesting notes from around the NBA:

  • We found out earlier today that the Nuggets weren’t keen on sending Kenneth Faried over to New York, but Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports tweets that there is league-wide interest in the young forward. However, Wojnarowski also notes that despite the interest, the Nuggets don’t appear likely to dish Faried unless he’s involved in some sort of blockbuster deal.
  • The Suns and 76ers are off to better-than-expected starts, but Mark Deeks from SB Nation does’t believe that either team should exit rebuilding mode in an attempt to make a playoff run.
  • Three projected lottery picks took the court in Chicago last night for the Champions Classic. Andrew Wiggins, Jabari Parker, and Julius Randle showed off their skills to a packed arena that included 68 NBA scouts. Alex Kennedy from HoopsWorld breaks down how each of the young phenoms performed under the spotlight.
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One thought on “Odds & Ends: Shumpert, Faried, Suns, Sixers

  1. Z....

    I’m personally a huge fan of Faried. He would also be a perfect fit here if it wasnt for our current roster situation. I think he’ll shine wherever he goes b/c he works harder than everyone else…

    Julius Randle is a BEAST…He would easily be the best rookie if he were in the NBA this year…He just physically stands out more. Jabari Parker and Andrew Wiggins have more upside, but Randle is more NBA ready right now. I think regardless of how it turns out, these 3 will never live up to the hype they received. They all will be very good players, but they got so much hype and expectations, that its impossible to live up to them…I personally like Parker more than Wiggins so far. He is definitely currently the better offensive player, while Wiggins is a little more “toolsy.” I think those 2 will benefit from this season in college, and we’ll see more polish later in the year. All that matters though is that you really cant go wrong with any of them.


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