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Even the NBA* doesn’t think the Knicks should trade for Darren Collison

Dan Devine
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Darren Collison looks for a deleted tweet. (Noah Graham/NBAE/Getty Images)

Yahoo Sports NBA columnist Adrian Wojnarowski reported Wednesday that the Los Angeles Clippers and New York Knicks are discussing a trade that would send backup Clippers point guard Darren Collison (and perhaps rookie Reggie Bullock) to Manhattan in exchange for Knicks point guard Raymond Felton and swingman Iman Shumpert. On one hand, the Knicks have a pretty clear need to improve upon the production they've gotten from Felton — career-low per-minute scoring, 40 percent from the floor, 30 percent from 3-point range, career-low 68.3 percent from the free-throw line, dismal defensive work, etc. On the other hand, Collison — despite strong shooting percentages and an above-league-average Player Efficiency Rating as Chris Paul's backup in L.A., and some impressive stat lines as a starter during Paul's absence with a separated right shoulder — remains more of a guy to whom you pay short money and from whom you hope for the best, rather than someone for whom you give up something of value (like, for example, young guards/forwards with 3-and-D potential).

Grantland's Zach Lowe offered such an opinion on Wednesday afternoon ... and apparently the NBA agreed:

The lesson, as always: Be very, very careful to make sure you're tweeting from your personal account, rather than the one you're tasked with maintaining for your employer. (Here's hoping it all turned out well for whomever wrote that tweet, which, naturally, has since been deleted.)

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