Source: Knicks' Iman Shumpert could miss two weeks
New York Knicks guard Iman Shumpert has a mildly sprained MCL in his left knee and could miss two weeks, league sources told Yahoo Sports.
An MRI on Thursday in New York revealed no tear in the knee, sources said.
Shumpert suffered a torn ACL and lateral meniscus in the same knee in April 2012 and missed nine months before returning to the Knicks.
Shumpert's latest injury occured in the Knicks' 98-91 victory against New Orleans on Wednesday night.
The injury ends several months of trade talks centered on Shumpert, punctuated with discussions that gathered momentum over the past several days with the Clippers.
After several rounds of negotiations, the Clippers and Knicks abandoned discussions on a proposed trade centered around Shumpert earlier on Wednesday, league sources said. The Knicks had interest in bringing back Clippers point guard Darren Collison and rookie Reggie Bullock as part of a package, but wanted Los Angeles to accept Raymond Felton in the deal, sources said. The Clippers resisted the Felton element of the deal, and were reluctant to part with Bullock or any draft picks in talks, sources said. Clippers general manager and coach Doc Rivers wants to upgrade athleticism on the wings and viewed Shumpert as a player who can complement J.J. Redick and Jared Dudley. Redick is expected to miss a month with a back injury.
The Knicks are still interested in pursuing a point guard before the Thursday trade deadline, but are running out of possibilities. New York has tried to stay aggressive in pursuit of Toronto's Kyle Lowry, but the Raptors have turned down recent offers around the NBA that have included packages of a starting point guard and a future first-round pick.
Shumpert, 23, has struggled this season, averaging seven points on only 38 percent shooting.