Mike Woodson believes Knicks will 'sit tight' at trade deadline
INDIANAPOLIS -- Mike Woodson reiterated that he expects the Knicks to "sit tight" at Thursday's trade deadline and believes they have enough to beat the Heat.
The deadline is 3 p.m. so the Knicks still have time to do something to improve their chances of a deep playoff run. But Woodson contends they're fine as constituted.
"If we're healthy I think we have an opportunity to beat Miami or anybody in the East for that matter who we play," Woodson said Wednesday. "I think we can beat anybody in this league if we come mentally and physically ready to play."
They have been rumored to have had discussions internally or with teams about Paul Millsap, J.J. Redick, Jared Dudley, Jermaine O'Neal, Timofey Mozgov and Luke Ridnour. Forward Josh Smith is available and played for Woodson in Atlanta, but it's doubtful the Knicks can get him.
In many of those rumored scenarios Iman Shumpert would be involved, but Woodson said, "He's going to be right here with us."
The Knicks' mentality is to win now. Unless Shumpert, who's 22 and a solid defender, brings back a piece that could put the Knicks over the top it doesn't make much sense to deal him. "The way Woody broke it down -- he said, 'At least people want you,' " Shumpert said. "He told me not to think about it, he told me I'm not going anywhere. And if I do there's nothing I can do about it anyway. I can't do nothing but go out here and focus on basketball, so I don't pay it much mind."
Shumpert has struggled since returning from ACL surgery on Jan. 17. He played 25 minutes Wednesday night, shooting 1-for-7 and scoring four points. But his defense could be crucial in the playoffs. Shumpert has no doubt he'll be in even better physical shape to help the Knicks then.
"Yeah," said Shumpert, "definitely."