The Cavs have been linked in recent days to the Clippers’ DeAndre Jordan, another defensive big and who would help shore up that end of the floor. Like every other big man who’s name comes up in trade talks, they’ll be mentioned with Gasol. The trade pieces would revolve around Tristan Thompson, along with Iman Shumpert and Channing Frye. They own Brooklyn’s No. 1 pick in June’s draft, but aren’t expected to part with that because LeBron James could leave at season’s end and they’ll need the pick to rebuild.
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Normally players are able to air their grievances, keep the frustration from building, during an end-of-season exit interview. But Lue doesn’t have those. “With all the rumors that came out and nobody on the organization side coming out to say, like, ‘Iman didn’t say that.’ I let him know,” Shumpert said. “I felt like I was in the dark about everything and I was like I don’t really know. All I can think about is where am I going to be next season? That was my concern.”
At one time the Cavs were searching for the right return for Iman Shumpert and his contract (he’s owed $10.3 million this year and has a player’s option for $11 million next). All summer and even now, they have been unable to find a taker.
A source told Basketball Insiders last week that the Pelicans were among the teams interested in Cleveland Cavaliers forward Iman Shumpert. Since acquiring Jae Crowder from the Boston Celtics in the Kyrie Irving trade, many speculated that Shumpert could be expendable. There were conflicting reports last week that indicated Shumpert requested a trade from the Cavaliers, while some reported that he made no such request. Regardless, a source has maintained that the Cavaliers have been shopping Shumpert this summer.
The Cavs are still looking to trade Iman Shumpert, who has $10 million left on his contract. A deal with Houston fell apart, and then the Rockets traded for Chris Paul. That appeared to end all interest in Shumpert.
Alex Kennedy: I’m told Iman Shumpert didn’t request trade. He heard rumors, but he plans to be at player-organized mini-camp in Santa Barbara on Sept. 18.
Iman Shumpert: .@DaveMcMenamin since you speaking on me, you can find my number somehow. Get it and call me. I’ll be waitin on it. I’m done wit social.
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.
With Phil Jackson gone, it’s not as farfetched for the Knicks to consider taking back Iman Shumpert, who had been looking at a change of scenery, too. Shumpert was the Knicks’ first-round pick in 2011. Still, many league sources believe the salary-cap mathematics for an Anthony trade still will be tough to pull off with Cleveland.
ESPN Cleveland: Windhorst: I think the door on trading Shumpert has closed for now. The Rockets and Timberwolves have moved on. #Cavs
For now, Cavs/Rockets deal for Shumpert has significantly stalled, league sources say. Houston agreed with P.J. Tucker last night.
The Cavaliers are in discussions with the Houston Rockets to trade Iman Shumpert there to free up salary space, sources confirmed to cleveland.com.
It is not immediately clear who the Cavs would get in return for Shumpert, but the Rockets have cap space and non-guaranteed contracts to absorb his salary and give Cleveland the pieces to clear room and potentially make future trades.
Adrian Wojnarowski: Cleveland’s in talks with Houston on a deal to move Iman Shumpert to Rockets, league sources tell ESPN.
Shams Charania: Cleveland is in serious discussions to trade guard Iman Shumpert to the Houston Rockets, league sources tell The Vertical.
Alex Kennedy: Several teams have had discussions with the Cleveland Cavaliers regarding an Iman Shumpert trade, according to sources.
Joe Vardon: UPDATED: As far as Tyronn Lue knows, the Cavs are keeping Shumpert (stay tuned though, JUST in case) bit.ly/2md0CCS
The Cavs have drawn plenty of interest in guard Iman Shumpert has a potential trade piece, but the team is not interested in any offer its received.
Numerous teams have inquired about Shumpert, including the Houston Rockets, who now need a perimeter defender after trading Corey Brewer to the Lakers for Lou Williams Monday. But a league source said the Cavs didn’t like what the Rockets are offering for Shumpert. The trade deadline is 3 p.m. Thursday; the Cavs host the Knicks at 8 p.m. Thursday.
Chris Fedor: #Cavs Iman Shumpert still on the team, working on his free throws to the right of Kyle Korver pic.twitter.com/BbiNMeg5Ld
Marc Stein: More on the Houston/Cleveland trade talks: The Cavs want Rockets G Patrick Beverley in an Iman Shumpert deal, according to league sources.
Marc Stein: Houston expressed interest in acquiring Cleveland’s Iman Shumpert in advance of Thursday’s NBA trade deadline, according to league sources.
Brian Windshorst: The Cavs have definitely made Iman Shumpert available for talks.
Yes, the Mavs like Shumpert, who, counting this season, is owed $31 million over the next two seasons and has a player option for the 2018-19 campaign. And yes, the Cavs do need a veteran to back up All-Star point gyard Kyrie Irving.
Joe: Any word on Iman Shumpert trade. Or Cavs trade for a point guard? Alex Kennedy: I don’t think we’ll see the Cavs make any kind of move just yet. It’s possible that they’ll weight their options as the deadline gets closer, but trading Shumpert right now wouldn’t be too smart since his value is extremely low.
It is true, a few teams such as the Minnesota Timberwolves have inquired about Iman Shumpert, who has three years and $30 million left on his contract at age 26. The Cavs are answering the phone, as ESPN’s Zach Lowe reported. But they are not actively looking to deal him, a team source told cleveland.com.
Still: Keep an eye on Iman Shumpert. Several teams, including Minnesota, have inquired about his availability in the past few weeks and gotten the impression Cleveland is ready to talk, according to several league sources. The Cavs won’t salary-dump Shump for nothing, but given their tax situation, cutting payroll by a few million promises exponential savings.
League sources said the Kings tried to acquire Chicago center Pau Gasol and swingman Tony Snell for center Kosta Koufos and guard Ben McLemore. There also were discussions with Cleveland about receiving center Timofey Mozgov and guard Iman Shumpert for Koufos and McLemore, sources said. The sources wished to remain anonymous because they did not have authority to discuss the matter.
Jason Jones: Hearing Shumpert to Sac sounding less likely at the moment.
Sacramento is also interested in acquiring Cleveland shooting guard Iman Shumpert, a good defender, but that would be contingent upon the Kings’ willingness to part with third-year guard Ben McLemore and center Kosta Koufos. Cleveland would send center Timofey Mozgov to Sacramento as part of the deal.
Jason Jones: Trade chatter: Iman Shumpert is available if Kings want him. Divac might be reluctant to part with 1 of his faves: Koufos or Belinelli
Sources say that the Cavs, though, have been more and more active in recent days in pursuing upgrades to their bench, with center Timofey Mozgov and swingman Iman Shumpert — both in the midst of down seasons after their mid-season arrivals in 2014-15 — said to be available.
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January 16, 2018 | 9:59 pm EST Update
After the Mavericks’ shootaround at Pepsi Center on Tuesday, Dennis Smith Jr. clearly laid out his thoughts on the Verizon Slam Dunk event that will be on Saturday night, Feb. 17, in Los Angeles. “That’s something I’d like to do,” the 20-year-old said. “If I’m given the opportunity, I’m definitely willing to do it. That’s the event that I watched a lot growing up, and it’s probably the most exciting event of the All-Star weekend, except the actual game.”
If the league sticks with four dunkers, that means that a lot of quality rim-benders will be left out. “I don’t know when it happens,” Smith said, adding that he has not heard anything yet about the possibility of being in the event. “But it feels like I should be given the opportunity. It’s not my decision, though.”
Allan Horton: Bjelica postgame on his altercation with Afflalo… “I was just trying to protect myself & thank god I reacted that way [moving back to avoid the punch]. He was wild, I don’t know what’s wrong with that guy but I was just trying to protect myself.”
LeBron James reclaimed his kingdom in China from Stephen Curry — arguably the most popular current NBA star in China — in terms of jersey sales, according to the latest NBA China jersey and merchandise sales for the 2017-18 season.
Kobe Bryant, who retired at the end of the 2015-16 season, finally dropped from the top ranks of jersey sales in China. Bryant and the Los Angeles Lakers were No. 1 on jersey and team merchandise lists at the beginning of 2017 and fell only to No. 2 by the end of last season.
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The reigning slam dunk champion won’t be back in time to defend his crown but would like to see Jazz rookie Donovan Mitchell participate in Los Angeles just like the rest of the world. “Definitely. Just based off the highlights that I’ve seen and just watching his game. I like his game,” Glenn Robinson III said. “I know a lot of people do and a lot of fans is excited and that’s the most important part. So I think that he definitely is going to be on that list to be in it.”