The Miami Heat are going to try and make some moves this offseason to convince LeBron James to stay in town, and one of those moves might be acquiring Iman Shumpert from the New York Knicks.
According to a report from Zach Lowe, the Heat could look to trade the 26th overall pick in the 2014 NBA Draft to acquire Shumpert. New York has been looking to trade into the first round, and they did try to trade Shumpert for a pick at the trading deadline last year.
Re: @ESPNSteinLine report of NYK exploring Shump for 1st-round pick: Watch the Heat, potentially using No. 26 as main bait for Shumpert.
— Zach Lowe (@ZachLowe_NBA) June 23, 2014
Shumpert may not be the flashiest name out there, but he is a very athletic defensive player and can knock down the three-point shot. The Heat certainly could use another athletic wing defender, and adding him to the bench would make it much stronger. James was upset that Miami wasn’t willing to spend all that much last season to improve the roster, and that is part of the reason that many believe he could end up leaving.
Last season with the Knicks, Shumpert played in 74 games and started in 58 of those appearances. He averaged just 6.7 points, 4.2 rebounds, and 1.7 assists per game, but as mentioned before was a very strong defensive presence. If he was given the chance, he could be a double digit scorer off the bench, and certainly could help out with three-point shooting if Mario Chalmers and Ray Allen don’t return next season.
Overall, this would be a very smart trade for the Heat to make if they want to keep James. At least adding a proven player with good defense would show him that they are willing to make moves to improve the roster as much as possible. That being said, they could get a fairly good rookie with the 26th pick as well, so it is going to be a very difficult decision for Miami to make.