The New York Knicks, long rumored to be shopping guard Iman Shumpert, are offering him to the Boston Celtics in a bid for injured point guard Rajon Rondo, multiple media outlets reported Sunday.
Multiple reports also surfaced Sunday that Shumpert underwent a previously unrevealed left knee surgery last summer. Shumpert had an operation on the same knee in the spring of 2012, causing him to miss the start of the 2012-13 season.
Shumpert, 23, did not miss any action this season. He is averaging 8.3 points (matching his career figure) along with 5.2 rebounds and 2.8 assists in 30.7 minutes over the first nine games.
According to both the New York Daily News and ESPNNewYork.com, the Knicks' target in a deal with Boston would be Rondo. The 27-year-old point guard has yet to play this season as he recovers from surgery in February to repair a torn anterior cruciate ligament.
Rondo has career averages of 11.1 points, 4.5 rebounds and 8.3 assists per game.
In their bid to acquire Rondo, the Knicks are offering power forward Shumpert, Amar'e Stoudemire and point guard Raymond Felton, the Daily News reported, though the story said the Celtics weren't biting. ESPNNewYork.com mentioned Shumpert and Stoudemire as possible trade pieces who could be sent to Boston.
According to the Daily News, the Knicks also had discussions with the Denver Nuggets and the Sacramento Kings regarding Shumpert, who is in his third season out of Georgia Tech.