The Kyrie Irving saga appears to be behind the Cleveland Cavaliers’ front office, but the team appears to have at least one more disgruntled player on its hands in shooting guard Iman Shumpert. According to ESPN’s Dave McMenamin, “lost” in the shuffle with Irving’s trade demands earlier this summer was Shumpert’s desire to be moved.
Lost in the attention surrounding Irving’s trade request is that Iman Shumpert also requested a trade after the season, multiple sources told ESPN. Cleveland was in talks to trade Shumpert and his $10.3 million contract to Minnesota or Houston, but both deals fell apart. Logic would tell you that the Cavs will remain motivated to find a team to take Shumpert.
A Cavs source told ESPN simply that the team is “not closing the door” on more trades before training camp opens in late September.
Shumpert was one of Irving’s closest friends on the team (along with Jordan McRae who was released mid-season), but it’s unclear if the two requests were related. The 27-year old wing was heavily rumored to be on the trading block last February, so the fallout may have been similar to Irving who reportedly asked to be traded once his name was tossed into the market prior to the start of free agency.
Shumpert’s tenure with the Cavaliers has had its ups and downs as the trade from New York was initially seen as a rescue, but since he signed a multi-year deal two offseasons ago, his role with the team has been fluid at best. In 2016-17, he shot a career-worst 37.4 percent from the floor, scoring a career low 5.8 points per game. Last season, having lost weight between campaigns, Shumpert shot a career-high 41.1 percent from the floor. During the playoffs, Shumpert went from DNP-CD to the team’s sixth man, providing key minutes throughout the postseason.
He’s due to make $10.3 million this coming season with an $11 million player option for 2018-19. According to Yahoo Sports’ Shams Charania, Shumpert has not made a trade request, but the team has actively shopped him all summer.
Sources: Cleveland guard Iman Shumpert has made no trade request, but Cavaliers have actively shopped him since start of free agency.
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) August 25, 2017