Iman Shumpert missed most of this season because of a torn ACL that he suffered in the 2012 playoffs.
However, that hasn’t stopped multiple teams from inquiring about his availability.
The Orlando Magic are the most recent team to talk with the New York Knicks about possibly acquiring the second-year player. According to Alex Kennedy of Hoopsworld, the clubs have had discussions about a possible trade.
“The Magic and Knicks have discussed a J.J. Redick for Iman Shumpert trade,” Kennedy posted on Twitter on Tuesday morning. “Other players (and maybe a third team) would have to be involved.”
Kennedy says a deal is not imminent, but one could get done by the Feb. 21 deadline.
A trade between the two clubs could help both teams. After sending Dwight Howard to the Los Angeles Lakers in the summer, the Magic are looking to rebuild. They have the second-worst record in the East, and want to acquire young players and draft picks that will help them in the future.
Redick would give the Knicks another good shooter, which is reportedly something that they have considered adding. New York’s offense relies on making three-pointers, with even Carmelo Anthony making a career-high 2.7 per game this season. Redick is in the midst of his best NBA season, averaging 15.3 points and shooting 40.3 percent from long distance.
The Knicks’ need for a defender, though, might hold up a potential deal. Shumpert is considered one of the better defenders on the perimeter, and New York has had trouble slowing down guards. Shumpert is also six years younger than the former Duke star.
Redick’s contract status has made him an expendable player for the Magic. He will be a free agent in the summer, and Orlando will likely try to trade him and ensure that they get some value for the seven-year veteran. Redick has been in trade rumors involving the Denver Nuggets and Milwaukee Bucks, as well.
Orlando is looking to acquire at least first-round pick in exchange for Redick, according to ESPN’s Marc Stein. Shumpert was taken 17th overall in the 2011 NBA Draft.
The Magic aren’t the only team that has tried to pry away Shumpert from the Knicks. The Phoenix Suns reportedly offered a package of Jared Dudley and a draft pick to New York.
Shumpert has struggled in the 2012-2013 season. He’s played just 13 games, after suffering an injury against the Miami Heat in the postseason. The guard is shooting less than 34 percent from the field in 13 games.