Iman Shumpert didn’t get traded at Thursday’s deadline, but he may have lost his starting job to J.R. Smith.

With Shumpert out two weeks with a sprained MCL in his left knee, Smith will start Friday in Orlando. Woodson said he’ll “welcome him back with open arms,” but added that Smith could keep the starting job if things are going smoothly.

There’s no time for protocol, Woodson said. Smith looked to have adjusted in his second game with a new protective mask in New Orleans when he scored 19 points and made 7 of 13 shots in the Knicks win over the Pelicans. The reigning Sixth Man of the Year was projected by the coaching staff as a potential starter in preseason, but it didn’t pan out and Shumpert held him off.

“There’s a possibility that could happen,’’ Woodson said. “When starters get hurt, I don’t normally scale them back because of injury, but it depends on how we’re playing. At this point, it doesn’t matter now who gets hurt, who comes back. It’s about trying to win games. If J.R. is playing well, I might not fool with the lineup. We’ll play it by ear and see how it goes.’’
Shumpert is back in New York after Thursday’s MRI exam revealed his MCL was not torn after his knee buckled in New Orleans on a pull-up drive, leaving the Knicks fearing the worst.

“We thought it was going to be longer than that,’’ Woodson said. “It’s a positive.’’

It’s been a mysteriously awful season for Shumpert. The Knicks had dangled him and Raymond Felton around the league at the trade deadline, looking to upgrade the point-guard position.