Knicks brass had plans to sit Iman Shumpert on the eve of the trade deadline in February in New Orleans against the Pelicans, The Post has learned.

The Knicks had a deal in principle with the Clippers in a package for Darren Collison and Matt Barnes and the front office didn’t want to risk injury. The decision to sit Shumpert, however, was scrapped that night. After all, the Knicks desperately needed the game.

The Knicks won the game, but lost the trade. Shumpert sprained the MCL in his left knee — they originally thought it was torn — and the Clippers backed off. Shumpert only missed two weeks.
It was either karma or Zen.

Now Shumpert appears to have a legitimate future with Phil Jackson’s Knicks. According to a league source, Jackson is a fan of Shumpert.

Shumpert is a defensive-minded player who sacrifices his game and doesn’t need to score a lot to have an impact.