GREENBURGH -- To deal, or not to deal?
That's the question facing NBA front offices with the trade deadline less than 48 hours away.
On Tuesday, Knicks coach Mike Woodson all but guaranteed that New York would be standing pat at Thursday's deadline.
"I don't think we have anything working. You always talk [about potential trades] but we like the makeup of our team as we stand today," Woodson said after the Knicks' practice on Tuesday. "This is our basketball team, and we've got to move forward in the right direction, I think."
Later, in an interview on ESPN New York 98.7 FM's "Stephen A. Smith & Ryan Ruocco," Woodson expanded on the Knicks' position entering the deadline.
He said he liked that his team was leading the Atlantic Division at the All-Star break and saw no need for a major overhaul.
Furthermore, he acknowledged that the Knicks have few attractive trade chips.
"It's not going to be easy to get [quality] players that can come in now. We have an older team and there's not a lot of teams around that are going to take older veterans," Woodson said. "It doesn't work that way. This is the team that we've assembled and I like the makeup of our ball club, I really do."
As the Knicks keep an eye on J.J. Redick's situation in Orlando, Shumpert's name has reportedly emerged. According to HoopsWorld, the Knicks and Magic have talked a Redick-for-Shumpert swap, but nothing serious has materialized. That deal would have to include additional players to work under the salary cap.
Last week, Woodson said that Shumpert would not be dealt. On Tuesday, the coach added that any Knicks trade would have to bring back a significant piece because New York is in "win-now" mode.
"If you're going to add somebody and make a major move, you've got to add the best players in the league, and that's just not going to happen," Woodson said. "I think our team is what it is right now ... and we're not going to make any moves right now as we speak. We've got to live with what we have; I've got to manage that and make sure guys get healthy and we continue our push to the top."
The Knicks enter the second half of the season four games behind Miami for first place in the Eastern Conference with 32 games to play. They are 2½ games up on Brooklyn in the Atlantic Division and will face Indiana on the road Wednesday to open the second half.
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