[Only registered and activated users can see links. ] - The much renowned ‘First Take’ program made its return to the ESPN lineup Monday morning. Among the topics discussed by Skip Bayless and Stephen A. Smith was a curious potential transaction between a pair of Atlantic Division foes. According to Smith, whose sources in both New York and Philadelphia have to be worth some level of legitimacy, the [Only registered and activated users can see links. ] a potential deal that would net Philadelphia Amare Stoudemire and Iman Shumpert.
There weren’t any details about what would be going back to New York in the deal, though one would have to assume it would be little more than a future 2nd round pick. The prime purpose of the transaction would be for the Knicks to clear more cap space as they continue to reshape the roster under the guidance of Phil Jackson.
Honestly, this move makes very little sense to me. Though the 76ers could take on the contract of Stoudemire and would be landing a fair asset in Shumpert, it seems to me that any deal that does not involve a first round pick along with a salary like Stoudemire’s isn’t what Philadelphia is looking for. The Knicks do not have a first round pick in 2015 and thus, the 76ers would have to bank on moving one or both of the two Knicks in order to land a better asset.
With the team having selected K.J. McDaniels at the top of the second round, one would hope they give the former Clemson Tiger a chance to fill a role similar to what Shumpert does with the Knicks. McDaniels has the potential to have a much more diverse offensive game than Shumpert. Here’s to hoping this is just Smith reporting the most preliminary of conversations rather than the 76ers settling for a deal that would not bring along with it a first round pick.
If there are any truths to this story above, we could potentially being headed to a monster lineup come this fall... Right now with the potential of reacquiring Melo then opening the door to possibly adding another big name free agent, who that is is anyone's guess but making us a legit contender now rather than later is intriguing...