Feb. 15, 2012; New York, NY, USA; Sacramento Kings point guard Isaiah Thomas (22) drives to the basket as New York Knicks guard Iman Shumpert (21) defends during the first half at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Debby Wong-USA TODAY Sports

Sacramento Kings interested in trading for Iman Shumpert?

Just days ago, we were informed that the Sacramento Kings were exploring potential trade opportunities, but no names were linked with the rumors. That is, until now.

According to ESPN’s Marc Stein, the Kings are reportedly interested in New York Knicks swingman, Iman Shumpert:

Word is that the Nuggets do have a level interest — just not if the Knicks keep asking them to part with Kenneth Faried in exchange — while Sacramento is also said to be gauging how Shumpert might fit in.

Shumpert of course has been the subject of trade rumors in recent days and was seen in an extremely animated (and obviously not friendly) exchange with head coach Mike Woodson.

Sacramento of course has been getting near zero production from their small forward spot, so a move makes sense from a positional standpoint though Shumpert himself hasn’t exactly been playing at an elite level.

The former 2011 first round pick (17th overall) is signed through the 2014-15 season at $2.6 million with a $3.6 million dollar qualifying offer for 2015-16.

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