NBA trade talks are heating up as players from Kyle Lowry to Omer Asik are reportedly being shopped and, according to reports, all the teams looking to deal have narrowed down their trade return demands to just not anyone on the Knicks.
“I’m always looking to improve this team. No players are untouchable,” said Raptors GM Masai Ujiri. “That’s a standard position for any team executive. As is being open to any deal that doesn’t bring you a New York Knick.”
Ujiri says Knicks GM Steve Mills has contacted him repeatedly about Lowry, but that “there just doesn’t seem to be a good fit there because all we’d be getting in return are Knicks, which obviously isn’t acceptable. We’d be open to a three-team trade in which we don’t get any Knicks, but who in their right mind would want to get in on that deal?”
Lakers GM Mitch Kupchak is looking to tweak his roster and has been contacted by the Knicks about Iman Shumpert.
“You have to do your due diligence on all trade proposals and I looked in to Shumpert and he is definitely on the Knicks,” said Kupchak. “Not only that, he’s always been on the Knicks. So it’s a definite no on him. I asked if they had any players who aren’t Knicks they could trade, but they don’t. Tough break for them. It’s going to be hard for them to get any better with a team full of Knicks.”
Since no teams are interested in their players, it is expected that the Knicks will just offer all of their future draft picks in any deals.
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