Lakers and Knicks working on a potential blockbuster deal?

  • Jason Whitney

The Lakers are interested in Iman Shumpert and Tyson Chandler

The Los Angeles Lakers and New York Knicks may have a blockbuster deal on the horizon according to ESPN insider Chris Broussard. The Knicks have had a rough start to the season after high expectations following a 54 win year. The Lakers on the other hand, are looking for stability in the backcourt as Steve Nash and Steve Blake are both suffering from injuries. The Knicks Iman Shumpert has been said to be available and could give the Lakers some youth and athleticism that fits great in coach Mike D’Antoni’s offense.

Now reports are stating that the Lakers are also interested in former Defensive Player of the Year, Tyson Chandler. That deal was said to be Pau Gasol for Chandler straight up. However, the Knicks may trade Chandler and Shumpert if it meant being able to get out of troubled guard J.R. Smith’s contract.

Via ESPN/Chris Broussard:

The Lakers recently called the Knicks to express their interest in Iman Shumpert, according to sources close to the situation.

No trade is imminent, and sources say the Lakers’ call was more about doing their due diligence; it’s well-known Shumpert is available. The Lakers are unlikely to make a deal before the end of their current four-game trip, which concludes Tuesday night in Memphis.

Sources say the Lakers also are interested in another Knicks player — center Tyson Chandler. The Lakers did not inquire about Chandler when they called about Shumpert, but they are weighing whether to propose a Pau Gasol-for-Chandler trade, according to sources.

The Knicks are not looking to move Chandler — several teams have contacted them about him, sources said — but if a club agreed to take back struggling guard J.R. Smith, the Knicks would consider such a deal.

It’s hard to imagine a deal being done for Tyson Chandler seeing that the Knicks have terrible interior defenders and Chandler is their best rim protector. However, if the Knicks continue to struggle, they could start to clear cap space with the contracts of Chandler and potentially Carmelo Anthony if they felt he wasn’t going to resign after this season. Also, the Knicks would need any potential trading partner to take on J.R. Smith’s contract in a package type deal that would net them more expiring contacts if they wanted to give themselves a shot at going after some free agents next summer. Of course the Knicks still would need to try to rid themselves out of either Amar’e Stoudemire or Andrea Bargnani’s contract, but at least this would be a start for them.

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4 Responses to Lakers and Knicks working on a potential blockbuster deal?

  • Chandler for Gasol would be a dumb move IMO. Gasol doesn’t have any young healthy knees either.

  • The real question is why did the Knicks re-sign J.R. Smith in the first place? The Lakers aren’t going to want him. Who would? Chandler would be a great fit as would Shumpert with the injuries at the point. I really don’t see the Knicks trading Chandler for Gasol. Not sure the Lakers have the cap space to take on Shumpert either. I tend to take these stories with a grain of salt.

  • I think this would be a great deal for both teams involved because it would give gasol a new start because he dose not like D’Tony system and the Knick would get Tyson Chandler salary off the books and start rebuilding. We are in Laker town and father time is catching up with Kope this organization understand that we can’t wait to rebuild though the draft we need to win now to keep those high price seats filled and if this dose not work how about replacing D,Tony with Byron Scott next year ?

  • The Knicks also used D’Antoni’s system according to Mike Woodson so Gasol would still be playing in the same system in NY.

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