The New York Knicks are a win-now team. They are in second place in the Eastern Conference and have Amare Stoudemire, Carmelo Anthony, Tyson Chandler, Raymond Felton and J.R. Smith all in the prime of their careers. As a result, they are looking around the league to see if there are any viable additions they could make to their roster that might put them in a better position to compete for an NBA Title. That has led to the Knicks eyeing the Phoenix Suns' Jared Dudley via trade.
Jared Dudley is a 6'7", 225 pound shooting guard/small forward from San Diego, California. He was drafted 22nd overall in the 2007 NBA Draft by the Charlotte Bobcats. He played for the Bobcats from 2007-08 and for the Phoenix Suns from 2008 till now.
On the season Dudley is averaging 11.8 points, 2.6 assists, 3.6 rebounds and 0.9 steals per game. However, the Suns are not a good team. It's the exact kind of team the Knicks could pluck talent from. Dudley makes $4,250,000 this season, the same in 2013-14, the same in 2014-15 and the same in 2015-16 with an Early Termination Option.
Alex Kennedy of Hoopsworld reports the Knicks are interested in acquiring Dudley from the Suns.
The question would be what it would cost for the Knicks to get him. There is little doubt that any team who might engage the Knicks in trade talk will immediately ask for Iman Shumpert. General Managers just wouldn't be doing their jobs if they didn't. That being said, unless the Knicks are getting back a substantial player — someone J.R. Smith's level or better — Shumpert should be immediately taken off the table.
Trading someone like Steve Novak who is one dimensional would make sense. Being stuck in a long term deal with someone who is purely a catch and shoot player who can't rebound or play defense isn't the best use of cap space. Novak makes $4,054,055 this season, $3,750,000 in 2013-14, $3,445,947 in 2014-15 and $3,750,000 in 2015-16. Although Dudley makes a little more money he is a better player and the salaries for this season match up pretty well.
Additionally, a trade could probably be made even easier if it was expanded to include backup point guard Sebastian Telfair who has an expiring contract of $1,567,500. He could give the Knicks younger legs at the point guard position who could penetrate the paint and offer a bit more defense than the Knicks get out of the position right now.
Some have speculated a package of Pablo Prigioni, Chris Copeland and Kurt Thomas. Prigioni makes $473,604 this season with a Qualifying Offer of $988,872 for 2013-14. Copeland has the same exact contract. Thomas has an expiring contract of $1,352,181. However, by the math that offer simply doesn't work for Dudley let alone for Dudley and Telfair.
However, the Knicks could pull off the trade for Dudley with an offer of Prigioni, Thomas, James White and Ronnie Brewer. White makes $854,389 with a Non-Guaranteed contract for 2013-14 for $916,099. Brewer has an expiring contract of $854,389. A package like that would leave the Knicks in need of a backup point guard but also allow them to hold onto Copeland who they would love to develop and keep around next season.
A most favorable trade scenario for the Knicks would be to land both Dudley and Telfair for a package of Novak, Brewer and Prigioni. Not only would the math work out but it would give the Suns an elite three point shooter. a perimeter defender and a replacement point guard for Telfair. It would give the Knicks a better all around player on the same contract length as Novak and a younger point guard who could still run the offense and offer more defense. In this trade scenario Thomas could always be swapped into the package in place of either Brewer or Prigioni.
It's important to keep in mind that this is purely speculation. However, the Knicks are showing interest in Dudley and so this is exactly the same thing they are looking at. In the NBA the math has to work so it's not overly hard to figure out who could be involved.
Should the Knicks look further into a trade for Dudley? Should they expand it to get Telfair? Would you be willing to trade Novak?
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