NBA Rumor: Iman Shumpert Free Agency

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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.”

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.

Nets sign Iman Shumpert

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.

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.

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.
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