Two teams that are expected to be active during free agency might be on the verge of coming together in a pretty interesting way. Having already apparently found themselves in conversations with multiple teams about trading Iman Shumpert, it looks like the Cleveland Cavaliers may soon have a deal in place.
ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski is reporting that the Cavaliers and Houston Rockets are in discussions to move Shumpert to Texas.
Cleveland's in talks with Houston on a deal to move Iman Shumpert to Rockets, league sources tell ESPN. https://t.co/Uym4ZfSwMz
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) July 1, 2017
According to The Vertical’s Shams Charania, the two sides are in the serious stage of trade talks.
Sam Amico goes on to note that the Cavaliers would not be getting a player in return. Instead, the move would be to free up some salary cap room.
— Sam Amico (@AmicoHoops) July 1, 2017
Shumpert is currently playing under a four-year, $40 million deal. If he were indeed traded in a salary dump, it might be a precursor to a larger move from the three-time defending Eastern Conference champions.
Cleveland was in on the likes of Paul George and Jimmy Butler before they were ultimately moved out west. The team surely needs to upgrade its roster in order to compete with the Golden State Warriors.
As for the Rockets, this comes on the heels of the team trading for Chris Paul and offering 2015 NBA Finals MVP Andre Iguodala a contract. Houston surely is one of the most-active teams on the first day of free agency.