On the heels of Kyrie Irving being sent to the Boston Celtics for a package including Isaiah Thomas, it looks like another Cleveland Cavaliers player wants out of dodge.
According to ESPN’s Dave McMenamin, guard Iman Shumpert has formally requested to be traded from the three-time defending Eastern Conference champs.
“Lost in the attention surrounding Irving’s trade request is that Iman Shumpert also requested a trade after the season, multiple sources told ESPN,” McMenamin reported. “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.”
Shumpert has been on the trade block since the end of the 2017 NBA Finals. But this is the first we’re hearing of him actually demanding a trade. Remember, Irving’s trade to the Celtics came after the All-Star himself requested to be dealt.
Shumpert, 27, is one of the better defenders in the Association. Though, he does leave a lot to be desired on the offensive end of the court. The former New York Knicks first-round pick averaged just 7.5 points while shooting at a 41 percent clip from the field last season.