NBA rumors: Iman Shumpert not done playing?

Iman Shumpert might’ve been focusing on mirror balls more than basketballs recently, but the NBA champ says he’s NOT done hooping … telling TMZ Sports he’s got a lot left in his tank. We caught up with the 31-year-old fresh off winning the 30th season of “Dancing With the Stars” this week … and we asked with all the moves he displayed on the dancefloor, is he going to take his talents back to the basketball court?? “Tryna see what we can get done,” Shumpert said, “I love basketball. I never stopped playing.”

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As of Saturday, Tyler Cook’s 10-day deal had expired and by Sunday, those of Andre Roberson and Iman Shumpert will likely expire as well. It’s not likely any of them will be immediately extended to a second 10-day deal, as permitted under league rules. A league source said there’s no urgency in extending any of the three, if indeed that’s what the Nets want, since play doesn’t resume until Thursday. That’s when the Nets take on the Celtics at Barclays Center.
Bobby Marks: Brooklyn makes it official on the Andre Roberson and Iman Shumpert 10-Day: $110,998 cap hit for both Roberson will earn $148,926 and Shumpert $159,698 Brooklyn has a $93.9M tax bill that is projected right now at $48.9M because of the expected decline in BRI
The Brooklyn Nets have signed free agent guard Iman Shumpert. Per team policy, terms of the deal were not released. Shumpert (6’5, 215) most recently appeared in an NBA game with the Nets last season after signing with Brooklyn on Nov. 13, 2019. He appeared in 13 games and recorded averages of 4.2 points and 2.6 rebounds in 18.5 minutes per contest prior to being waived by the Nets on Dec. 12, 2019. In 459 career games (246 starts) split between Brooklyn (2019), Houston (2019), Sacramento (2018-19), Cleveland (2015-18) and New York (2011-15), the 30-year-old has registered averages of 7.2 points, 3.3 rebounds, 1.8 assists and 1.1 steals in 25.0 minutes per game. Shumpert has also appeared in 79 career postseason games with the Knicks, Cavaliers and Rockets and won an NBA Championship with Cleveland in 2016.
But you are trying to get back in the League... Iman Shumpert: I've worked out for some teams... I'd be really surprised if you know every ballclub in the league is like 'Ah, nah, we'll need him'... I'd just be surprised... But I've seen crazy things happen. But for me I feel like I could rest assured of my body of work and of my work ethic to stay with it and stay hungry. I feel like it speaks for itself. As far as me coming back to the league I don't see it ... It's like I'm so far away. I just see it as you know, this summer I wasn't healthy enough to go to the bubble and now I'm getting healthy and the league is you know trying to figure out a way to let the fans back in the arenas so I feel like it's a fresh start like any other thing.
Hey Alex. Has there been any talk in the front office about bringing back Iman Shumpert for the bubble? I feel like when he was with the team they were playing their best. His leadership could be useful. Alex Schiffer: @Adam B. I think there's only been so much front office talk since the roster expansion news didn't come until this weekend. But I think Shumpert would be at the top of their wish list if they elect to go that direction. They could opt to see what they have in some G-League guys.
Shams Charania: The Brooklyn Nets are waiving guard Iman Shumpert, league sources tell @The Athletic @Stadium. Nets were 9-4 with Shumpert and reluctantly released him due to full roster guarantees.
Free agent guard Iman Shumpert has had conversations with teams, including Memphis and Chicago, league sources said. Shumpert, an eight-year NBA veteran, is one of the best players remaining on the market.
Shams Charania: After months of discussions, free agent Iman Shumpert has decided to decline the Rockets' contract offer, sources tell @TheAthleticNBA @Stadium. Shumpert will not attend team minicamp this week in Las Vegas.
David F.: Do you believe the Kings are likely to retain Iman Shumpert after his contract ends? Jason Jones: @David F. I think a few things work in Shump's favor to return: 1. His teammates love him and the Kings seem to really value that. 2. He's already a part of the culture that has improved. 3. I think his value to the Kings (along with the intangibles) might be worth more to the Kings than another team. It really depends on how much it will cost to keep him (I know that's not a definitive answer). This situation just reminds me that you never know what can happen in the NBA ... before the season the front office wasn't even expecting this kind of contribution from Shumpert.
In an expected move, Kings guard Iman Shumpert has officially exercised his $11 million option Friday to return to the Kings next season, a league source confirmed to The Bee. Shumpert joins center Kosta Koufos as veterans who have decided to exercise player options on contracts for next season. Koufos' option is worth $8.7 million.
Shams Charania: Sacramento Kings guard Iman Shumpert has opted into his $11M player option for the 2018-19 season, league sources tell Yahoo.
Shumpert is almost certain to opt in for next season. Having dealt with foot and knee injuries, this is not the time for Shumpert to test free agency when he has $11 million guaranteed for next season, even if he's not a part of the Kings' long-term plans. I'm intrigued by what Shumpert might add. He's only 27 and has shown he can play in pressure situations, having been a part of Cleveland's 2016 NBA championship team. Shumpert will be motivated to show the rest of the league he is healthy and that he can play a key role on a team.
Chris Broussard: Sources: Lakers, Mavericks & Bucks interested in @Iman Shumpert (Shumpert). FYI: @LeBron James is a big fan of Shump & his defense.
The Cavaliers will have the right to match any offer sheets Shumpert receives on the open market. At 24 years of age and following a rejuvenated season, he will be in store for a lucrative pay raise from the $2.6 million he collected this past season. Half a dozen teams have expressed interest in the quick-handed, defensive-oriented guard with upside, a source says. League executives believe he'll command north of $8 million per.
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How would you describe your game? Your dominance at the end of the Hapoel game as a 4 was impressive, your controlled the game. It was like that for 40 minutes. In this respect, it is possible to watch you at much higher levels. How do you see the possibility of returning to the NBA? Bonzie Colson: It has been my target since I came here. That’s my goal and also having played in Europe will help me when I get there. Playing in the NBA is easier than playing in Europe. There is more space. The three-second rule doesn’t exist here. There are many different rules. That’s why players are constantly changing places. Scoring is easier in the NBA. Because first of all, much more space is opening up. Also here are more systems. Every country has a system. A running game is being played in Spain. There is a game based on the physical struggle in Turkey. Every country has a different style of basketball. The NBA is opening up. There is a system, but you can’t be as aggressive as here. In Europe, you can be aggressive, push, hit, do a lot of things, but in the NBA you can’t do that. That’s why some of the players who play here look good there.
Traveling to Europe after your Bucks career… At what point did you decide it’s (the NBA) not working anymore? Bonzie Colson: I wouldn’t say it wasn’t working anymore. I was young, well I’m still young, so I decided I could do a year overseas and then come back (to the NBA). Scouts are still looking overseas, I could try something new. Then COVID hit, so I knew I was kind of in-between Europe and the NBA. So far has been a great opportunity. My goal is still to get back to the NBA for sure but I think it was great to do that and I’ve been doing well.
The National Basketball Association is offering virtual courtside seats on Meta’s $299 Oculus Quest 2 devices. The headsets were one of the most popular Christmas gifts in 2021, showing that people seem to be more willing than ever to give virtual reality a try. And businesses are trying to keep your eyeballs on their content by creating VR versions of their apps and games. The NBA experience is free and available on Meta’s Horizon Venues platform, which is a free software download for the Oculus headset. People appear as digital avatars, sort of like cartoon versions of their real selves, and watch an NBA game from a courtside perspective. It’s not Jack Nicholson’s Los Angeles Lakers seat at Crypto.com Arena or Spike Lee’s seat at Madison Square Garden, but it almost replicates the real thing.
As the Celtics were up 23-18 in the first quarter, one avatar approached me to ask for assistance on watching. I was confused at first, as my stream was fine, but it became clear the real person behind the avatar had a bad connection or was restricted due to local blackout rules. That prompted him to label the NBA’s metaverse experience “trash.” Moments later, I asked another avatar standing next to me what he thought of the experience. “This is dope,” responded the avatar named “TUtley.” “They need to get this for football.” The scenic views of Boston that appeared during game breaks were pretty impressive, too, and gave me a sense of being in the city where the game is played.