Apr 6, 2014; Miami, FL, USA; New York Knicks guard Iman Shumpert (21) reacts during the second half against the Miami Heat at American Airlines Arena. Miami won 102-91. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Miami Heat Could Trade Draft Pick For Iman Shumpert

It’s no secret that the New York Knicks shopped Iman Shumpert at last season’s trade deadline, almost pulling off a deal to send the young swing man to Oklahoma City. Having failed to move him then, they are looking to acquire a first round pick in return for him this offseason, according to ESPN’s Marc Stein.Among potential suitors are the Miami Heat, who hold the No. 26 pick, according to Grantland’s Zach Lowe.

Shump, 23, is a promising perimeter player who would immediately bring some versatility to Miami’s roster that is in flux. In three seasons with the Knicks, he averaged 7.7 points (34.2 percent three-point shooter), 3.5 rebounds, 2.1 assists and 1.3 steals per game. He was heralded for his on-ball defense during his time in New York.

If the Heat were to acquire Shumpert, they would have to select a player at No. 26 and then trade that player to the Knicks. Miami cannot trade their first-round pick this season, due to league rules (since they traded next season’s pick). In this case, the Heat would likely select the player the Knicks would have drafted in that spot and swap him for Shumpert. The Knicks have a need at point guard, and it would be interesting to see if Miami would take Shabazz Napier (should he be available) or Shumpert if they had the choice.

With Shumpert, it would open the door to allowing Dwyane Wade to come off the bench as a sixth man. Shumpert’s defense and athleticism would be a good fit in Miami’s starting lineup. He can also play small forward, which fits into the Heat’s small-ball lineup with LeBron James at power forward.

For Pat Riley, swapping a rookie for a three-year player who is still young might be the best option for a team in the championship chase.

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  • Frank Robert Coleman III

    Trading all your first round picks helps to ensure that your team gets older quicker, and also hurts cap space in the long run.

    • disqus_atlq8Zmtsd

      Shumpert is 23. Assuming you could afford to keep him around, he’s near the end of his second long term contract with you before age becomes a concern.

  • MichaelNupe Thompson

    That’s a good move. And he has a cheap contract on one year

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  • cfk

    I don’t think that’s right. The Stepien Rule is two FUTURE consecutive #1 draft picks, not that you can’t trade #1s in consecutive years. (See below.) Still, why would any team not want to get around the rule by simply drafting and trading.

    “Because the Stepien rule applies only to future draft picks, teams are still permitted to trade their first-rounders every year if they so choose, but they can’t trade out of the first round for back-to-back future seasons at one point in time. For instance, since the Knicks traded their 2012 first-round pick to Houston, they weren’t allowed to trade their 2013 first-rounder unless they receive a first-round pick (for either ’12 or ’13) in return. However, following the 2012 draft, the Knicks regained the right to trade that 2013 first-rounder, since their ’12 first-rounder is no longer considered a future pick.”

    Therefore, it doesn’t seem to matter that the Heat traded last season’s #1 pick since that draft is in the past.

    • disqus_atlq8Zmtsd

      Miami has already traded next year’s number one.

      • cfk

        Then I agree that they can’t trade this year’s. The article though says they couldn’t trade it because they already traded last year’s – “since they already traded it (i.e., last year’s #1) last year.”

        • disqus_atlq8Zmtsd

          I’m not sure in that case. I THINK (again, not sure) that since the 2013 pick was a future pick when traded that they cannot trade the 2014 pick while it is also a future pick.

          I believe the issue is the status of the pick at the time the trade was made.

          • cfk

            I agree that the rule is far too complicated. It should simply be two consecutive drafts period, and frankly I’d strengthen it even further by saying you can’t trade the guy you draft in year two for a year, otherwise the rule is a farce. There’s a precedent for that. MLB picks can’t be traded until they’ve been in the drafting team’s system for a year, thus the ever popular “player to be named later.”

            I’m only going on how Hoops Hype has interpreted the provision. They’re generally pretty good and have a detailed analysis of the CBA along with league rules. And their explanation does make sense, but yours does as well.

            In any event, it doesn’t matter if they’ve already traded the 2015 pick.

          • disqus_atlq8Zmtsd

            I don’t think trading it after the selection is made makes the rule a farce. The point is to keep incompetent managers from crippling their teams’ prospects for years at a time by completely mortgaging the future for “win now” decisions that don’t pan out.

            Imagine how bad of shape Brooklyn would be in in three or four years if they were allowed to trade the draft picks they still have back when they were trying to establish the current roster.

            If a team wants to cripple themselves one year at a time, then there isn’t much you can do to help them: they will find a way. The rule is simply to limit the amount of risk you can assume in advance. We have seen similar moves in the shorter contract terms of the current bargaining agreements. You don’t see blatantly foolish 6 or 7 year contracts like Rashard Lewis, Gilbert Arenas, and a few other guys got any more. The rules about the max salary protect teams a little better, and the shorter contract lengths also mean that contracts don’t serve as albatrosses for as long when they don’t pan out.

          • cfk

            Fair point. Cleveland didn’t know it was trading James Worthy when it made that deal, and perhaps even Ted Stepien wouldn’t have been that stupid to still make the deal if he had known, so it does reduce some risk.

            (Frankly, I’d rather they got rid of the rule altogether. I can recall Pat Williams trading the likes of Jellybean Joe Bryant and Lloyd “Set Me” Free for picks that turned out to be Brad Dougherty (#1 overall) and Charles Barkley (#5 overall). (We won’t mention what the Sixers’ management ex-Pat Williams did with Dougherty.)

            But if you’re going to allow teams to trade consecutive #1s (i.e., if the only risks you’re mitigating against is the risk of unwittingly trading a higher pick than you thought you otherwise might have, or the risk of trading a pick in an unusually strong draft), let them do it after the lottery once the drafting order is set. Meaning, don’t force them to go through the charade of drafting a guy knowing that you’re going to move him. That detracts from the NBA draft.

            Take last year as an example. NO drafts Nerlens Noel and all you hear about for the next 15 mins is how Noel and Anthony Davis are going to be a great combination in NO. Nerlens was interviewed and said he was looking forward to playing with Davis – i.e., something he missed out on in college. Coach Cal was ecstatic that his two former big men were going to get to play together in the NBA, while being visibly upset that Noel dropping to #6 might negatively impact his recruiting. All the while, Nerlens was headed to Philadelphia. Don’t make the guys go through the charade of putting on another team’s cap and talk about how excited they are to be playing there.

          • disqus_atlq8Zmtsd

            I can agree with changing it to let the picks be traded after the lottery.

  • disqus_atlq8Zmtsd

    I like the move conceptually, but unless you think you can resign him at the same rate I don’t think it makes sense to get a guy that will be up for contract talks in a year.

    Although… he will be a restricted free agent. Since Miami figures to retool this year and then be over the salary cap for the foreseeable future, they would have the right to pay Shumpert in a year, and it would have no bearing on the salary cap because they would already be locked into being over the cap.

    I’m gonna say I still don’t like the move, but that is mostly because I think Sefolosha will be available in the same price range and would fill a more definitive role on the team.

  • Wes Goldberg

    Thanks for pointing out the typo in the headline as well as the error in the copy regarding the Stepien Rule loyal and awesome readers. Oversight on my end. I kind of like the move, especially if Napier doesn’t fall to No. 26. But not sure he’s worth trading for over drafting Mitch McGary.

  • That Boy Dex

    Let’s throw this “he’s only 23″ stuff out the window because he turns 24 in a couple days. He’s already got a history of injury issues, including a torn acl. Even when healthy, he’s as inconsistent as they come and his b-ball iq is lacking severely. Not worth it

  • Ant

    Wtf, why trade a guy who you drafted at like 16 for a pick in the late 20s? Knicks suck on defense and there trying to trade one of the only guys who has a defensive mindset. Being a knicks fan I don’t understand this move whatsoever

    • David Chow

      they trading him cuz he will hit restricted free agency in 2015 when knicks have cap room to pursue superstars like aldridge, love, tony parker and others.

    • ssw265

      Don’t worry this trade is not going to happen, I’m not saying that Shumpert won’t be traded I’m just saying the Knicks are not going to trade him to Miami for their 26 pick in the draft unless there is a third team in the trade with a higher draft pick that the Knicks can get. that the only way Miami can get their hands on Shumpert.

  • ssw265

    The Knicks are not going to trade Shumpert to the Heat for the 26 pick in the draft when they can get OKC drafty pick at 21, another think I just don’t see Phil Jackson helping out Pat Riley in any way and a Shumpert trade would help the Heat more than the Knicks.

  • Donnie Walsh

    Even The Knicks can’t be that stupid ! Why would you trade Shump for a late pick when you can BUY a pick in the late teens from either Rockets, Bulls, Phoenix or Celts. Further, the Kings have offered us the 8th pick for Bum Az Tyson Chandler. Phil Jax shud know better. This is just a garbage rumor mill.