The start of the 2016-17 NBA season is around the corner, and reigning NBA champion, Iman Shumpert is drawing attention from various teams throughout the league. Stay tuned for updates.
Friday, October 21 – Timberwolves Among Teams With Interest In Shumpert
According to ESPN’s Zach Lowe, there are “multiple teams” interested in Shumpert’s services, and the Minnesota Timberwolves are one of them. Minnesota has been poking around Cleveland’s front office, and the Cavaliers have been listening.
Unloading Shumpert is possible, but it wouldn’t be for lack of talent. At one point, Shump was a feared wing defender, and it’s what his brand was built around. He’s still a reliable defender, but that’s it. He has, however, shown in the past that he can shoot the lights out.
When he was traded to the Cavs, the Knicks felt they didn’t need his services anymore and was considered a throw-in alongside J.R. Smith.
Last year, over 54 regular season games, Shump averaged 5.8 points, 3.8 rebounds and shot a dreadful 37 percent from the field. Still, amid all his offensive woes, he was a force on defense for Cleveland.
Over the course of his five NBA seasons, he’s missed 116 of a possible 410 games, and that’s his biggest issue. Shumpert is one of the most injury-prone guys in the league, and it’s sad because he’s shown he can be productive when he’s healthy.
He elevated his game during the postseason, something that the Cavaliers needed more than anything. Shumpert spaced the floor beautifully despite not being as prominent in the rotation and knocked down 38 percent of his three; even though he wasn’t out there often, the Warriors still needed to account for him. Furthermore, his defense was at its highest in the games the Cavaliers won, and it’s great when a coach knows he has a guy who gives 100 percent no matter how long he’s out there for.
The real reason Cleveland would listen to a proposal for Shumpert would be monetary; he’s owed $31 million over the next three years, and the Cavaliers are more than $19 million over the luxury tax, according to Spotrac.
Getting rid of him wouldn’t stop the cap bleeding too much, and Cleveland would be out of their second-best wing defender.
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