HoopsHype Iman Shumpert rumors

January 23, 2015 Updates

New Cavaliers shooting guard Iman Shumpert (separated shoulder) is questionable for tonight's game against the Charlotte Hornets, meaning his Cleveland debut is both a distinct possibility and in doubt. Shumpert, who was acquired along with J.R. Smith in a three-team trade from the New York Knicks on Jan. 5, hasn't played since Dec. 12. He's been working out on the floor since he arrived, but conditioning remains an issue because of his extended absence. Cleveland Plain Dealer

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The New York Knicks, by signing Louis Amundson to a 10-day contract Saturday, have just expanded the NBA’s all-time 10-team club to an even dozen. Amundson was promptly waived by the Knicks earlier this week after they acquired him from Cleveland as part of the three-team swap with Memphis and Oklahoma City headlined by J.R. Smith, Iman Shumpert and Dion Waiters. But by resigning him, New York has given Amundson the opportunity to join the following exclusive list Below are the only 12 players in league history to have played for at least 10 different teams: 12 teams: Chucky Brown, Jim Jackson, Tony Massenburg and Joe Smith. 11 teams: Mike James and Kevin Ollie. 10 teams: Lou Amundson, Earl Boykins, Mark Bryant, Drew Gooden, Damon Jones and Aaron Williams. ESPN.com

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Smith admitted when he was traded Monday along with Iman Shumpert to the Cavaliers he was upset, mainly because of his longtime friendship with Carmelo Anthony. “I was upset that I don’t get to play with my best friend who I’ve played with for the last nine or 10 years,’’ he said. “We’ve been together so long and we complemented each other so well from the inside out game. “Off the court too, we hung at each other’s houses. “Last year we had more of an effort thing,’’ he said of the Knicks. “Maybe we were locked into what we were supposed to be. This year we were trying to do the right thing, there were just too many things going around.’’ New York Post

Until James strolled into Cleveland's locker room Wednesday night, the Cavaliers lived much of this without him. He said he hadn't talked to Waiters since the trade Monday night and "I haven't reached out to anybody." We don't know whom he calls or texts, but James' interactions with his Cavs teammates may have been limited to a shoutout on Instagram last Friday – Day 2 of his rehab program – and some tweets on Wednesday asking fans to vote for Love and Irving for next month's All-Star Game in New York. Cleveland Plain Dealer

January 7, 2015 Updates

The Beacon Journal reached out to a collection of NBA personnel to gauge the reaction to Monday’s deal that sent Waiters to the Thunder and brought Shumpert and Smith to Cleveland. They spoke on condition of anonymity because they work for other teams. “[Shumpert] is a good player. He’s a bit of a front runner. But he’ll pine to LeBron and make LeBron feel good,” one front office executive said. “He’s going to be like a running mate. I think he’s going to be good. I think the team got better — pretty significantly better. He’s injured forever going back to Georgia Tech, but that’s just the cost of doing business.” Akron Beacon Journal

“I think they could’ve gotten more for those guys,” one veteran NBA employee said of the Knicks. He then went on to question how the moves affect David Blatt’s rotation, particularly since he hasn’t really established one at any point this season. “He can’t play more than five on the wing,” he said. “Kyrie and LeBron obviously, and he’s still going to play [Matthew] Dellavedova. That leaves two spots for [Shawn] Marion, J.R., Shumpert and [Mike] Miller. So who sits?” Akron Beacon Journal

January 6, 2015 Updates

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