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Phoenix Suns' Pursuit of Knicks' Iman Shumpert Creates More Questions

The Suns seem to be fixated on the Knicks' Iman Shumpert.
The Suns seem to be fixated on the Knicks' Iman Shumpert.Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sportsss
Jonathan CullenSenior Writer IFebruary 10, 2013

Why?

That has to be the question on every Phoenix Suns fans mind right now. Why are the Suns so interested in Iman Shumpert?

According to Yahoo! Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski, the Suns are pursuing a trade with the New York Knicks for the second-year player from Georgia Tech.

It is not that the 22-year-old Shumpert isn't a good, solid player. He is. But why the Suns would be focusing their efforts to land Shumpert, potentially at the cost of Jared Dudley and a first-round draft pick, seems to be disconcerting to say the least.

Shumpert projects as a point guard. A point guard who has already had surgery on both knees at the age of 22.

Trading for Shumpert would bring the Suns back to the big-picture question with their fanbase.

Does Suns general manager Lance Blanks have a plan? If he does, it's hard to see it right now. The Suns seem to be randomly moving from decision to decision.

The main concern is that the Suns already have a point guard in Goran Dragic, who they just signed this past summer to a four-year contract worth $34 million to replace Steve Nash.

Dragic had already been traded away by Blanks in February of 2011, so it was somewhat odd to see Blanks re-sign Dragic and make such a large commitment to him after dumping him to the Houston Rockets less than 18 months earlier.

Plus, the Suns also drafted another point guard in the first round this summer in Kendall Marshall, a move that seems very questionable already.

Aaron Brooks, the player acquired from the Rockets for Dragic, was a complete bust in Phoenix. The fact that the Suns had to include a 23rd pick in the 2011 NBA draft made the move even more painful at the time.

If the Suns turn around and trade Dudley, another player whom the Suns have recently signed to a large multiyear contract in November of 2010, plus a first-round pick for Shumpert, it immediately creates more questions than answers for the organization.

The Suns have a huge draft coming up this summer with potentially two lottery picks.

It is hard to feel confident about that when the Suns are seemingly changing their minds all of the time.

 

Information used from NBA.com, AZ Republic/AZ Central, Arizona Sports, NBADraft.net.

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