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Iman Shumpert isn’t likely to play a game for the Sacramento Kings this season, which is not a huge surprise, but you can expect to see the veteran guard back in Sacramento again next year.
That’s because Shumpert is expected to pick up his $11 million player option for 2018-19 during the free agency period in July.
Shumpert, 27, arrived in Sacramento via the Cleveland Cavaliers at the trade deadline Feb. 8. (The Kings traded away George Hill in the deal.) He has played in just 14 games this year, all with the Cavs.
Instead, Shumpert has spent most of the year sidelined with some lingering plantar fasciitis in his left foot. “This is probably the most annoying (injury),” he recently told reporters.
That’s really saying something, when you consider how much Shumpert has been injured during a run that began with the New York Knicks in 2011-12. He is averaging 7.3 points and 3.4 rebounds for his seven-year career.
Meanwhile, the Kings are headed for another disappointing finish and trip to the draft lottery. Still, Shumpert said he was pleased with the trade and is impressed with Sacramento’s young nucleus.
“I liked it,” Shumpert said of the trade from Cleveland. “(The Kings) play an up-and-down speed, and that’s the speed I’m accustomed to. … We got a lot of length, a lot of athleticism. I think I can help a lot. I think I fit in pretty well.”
Jason Jones of the Sacramento Bee recently wrote:
“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.”