Ahh, the locus of turmoil that is the New York Knicks just may be able to introduce possibilities for the Spurs. James Dolan is reportedly upset about Iman Shumpert not participating with the summer league team. But being upset is nothing new for Dolan who's known to be of somewhat stubborn opinion when it comes to the Knicks. And most of the time I don't pay attention to what the Knicks are doing because it always seems to be a different story with the same conclusion. But this story caught my attention and got me poundering.
From nbadraft.net Iman Shumpert is a talented player without proper direction. A tenacious defender with decent ball handling skills and play making abilities. The main problem (according to Knicks basketball) is he is not a proficient jump shooter. But as we have witnessed in the development of Tony Parker, Kawhi Leonard and Danny Green, the Spurs are one of the best at turning a player's weakness into a strength. And more importantly, they take the time to nurture their players.
The strengths Iman possesses are in areas the Spurs lack with regards to their secondary backcourt. A possible win/win? A player who is 6'5" and 222lbs. of solid muscle with some PG abilities who plays tenacious defense and can drive into the lane with authority? Could the Spurs mold Shumpert into a reliable backup to Tony? Would he be a better option than continuing to develop Joseph, DeColo or Mills? Apparently the Knicks were interested in Gary Neal but efforts to woo him fell short.
They also want to add a third point guard to give them the option of starting a two-point-guard-alignment of Raymond Felton and Prigioni. Their latest failure was trying to woo Gary Neal, a source said.
As to the details of why Gary did not accept their offer is unclear, but Neal can shoot and create his own shot. And though not the tenacious defender that is Shumpert, Gary certainly fulfills how the Knicks play basketball with a skill set that one might think would allow Gary to get more playing time on the Knicks than the Spurs.
So, if the Knicks were interested at one time in Gary Neal...have issues with Shumpert to the point they want to trade him...might Gary, the Spurs, and the Knicks be interested in a sign and trade? If any package of Gary plus (DeColo, or Joseph, or Mills) were offered, would this be a good trade for all.
I wouldn't be opposed to it.