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Mike Woodson said Knicks would 'sit tight' at trade deadline

Iman Shumpert controls the ball during a game

Iman Shumpert controls the ball during a game against the Los Angeles Clippers. (Feb. 10, 2013) Credit: Jim McIsaac

INDIANAPOLIS - Mike Woodson reiterated that he doesn’t expect the Knicks to make a trade before Thursday’s deadline and that Iman Shumpert would remain in New York.

“I think we’ll sit tight and try to make this final run with what we have,” Woodson said at Wednesday morning’s shootaround.

Of course, things can change between now and 3 p.m. Thursday.

The Knicks have been rumored to have had discussions internally or with teams about Josh Smith, J.J. Redick, Luke Ridnour, Jared Dudley, Jermaine O’Neal and Timofey Mozgov.
In many of those scenarios Shumpert would be involved.

He’s struggled since returning from ACL surgery. But he’s one of the Knicks with value since he’s only 22, is versatile and a strong defender. That’s why it’s difficult for the Knicks to part with him unless they get a piece that they think will put them over the top.

“He’s going to be right here with us,” Woodson said, “and he’s just got to play, get himself back ready to play.”

There’s still time before the deadline so anything can happen with Shumpert and other Knicks.

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