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Several teams have expressed interest in Cleveland Cavaliers shooting guard Iman Shumpert, but only if the Cavs are willing to attach a pick to the deal, sources have told Amico Hoops.
While the Cavs like Shumpert the person and the defender, they are hoping for an offensive upgrade off the bench. Some around the organization feel that Shumpert’s defense has also slipped a bit — something that has kept other teams from pulling the trigger in a deal.
The 6-foot-5 Shumpert has two years and a little more than $21 million left on his contract.
Right now, of course, the Cavs are focused on completing the Kyrie Irving trade with the Boston Celtics. That deal is on hold after Isaiah Thomas’ injured hip turned out to be worse than the Cavs initially expected.
Several league executives predicted the deal — which would also send Jae Crowder, Ante Zizic and Brooklyn’s first-round pick to Cleveland — will be completed by Thursday.
There has even been talk that perhaps the Cavs and Celtics will get a third team involved to try to finish the deal, said one opposing GM, but that appears to be more wild speculation than anything.
After the trade is completed, it appears the Cavs will go back to working on deals centered on Shumpert — though a deal may not happen until later in training camp or even well into the season, if at all. He was nearly traded to the Houston in July, with Chicago and Dallas among the others expressing an interest.
The Cavs do not have an interest in attaching a draft pick in a Shumpert trade at this time, sources said. Shumpert and his representatives strongly denied an ESPN report that he requested a trade after the season.
Along with trading Irving, and potentially dealing Shumpert, the Cavs continue to keep an eye on the Carmelo Anthony situation in New York, and more so, the possible Dwyane Wade contract buyout in Chicago.