The Cleveland Cavaliers remain in somewhat of a holding pattern with free agency getting going around the Association. The team doesn’t have a general manager after moving on from David Griffin.
It also missed out on All-Stars Jimmy Butler and Paul George, both of whom were dealt to Western Conference teams.
Cleveland may have a clear path to a fourth consecutive NBA Finals, but it’s still not in position to compete with the Golden State Warriors.
This has led to speculation that Cleveland might look to make a big move during free agency. Unfortunately, the team doesn’t have the assets in terms of money, players or draft picks to make this work.
Short of selling off a couple bad contracts, Cleveland will likely be relegated to the bargain bin of free agency. Now comes this report indicating that the Cavaliers have had discussions with several teams about guard Iman Shumpert.
Several teams have had discussions with the Cleveland Cavaliers regarding an Iman Shumpert trade, according to sources.
— Alex Kennedy (@AlexKennedyNBA) July 1, 2017
We’re not too sure who these teams are. Also, there’s no indication one way or another whether the Cavs are looking to simply sell off Shumpert’s contract or acquire players in return.
Shumpert, 27, is currently playing under a four-year, $40 million deal. He’s set to make $21-plus million over the next two seasons. The former New York Knicks first-round pick averaged 7.5 points and 2.9 rebounds while shooting at a 41 percent clip from the field this past season.