Right now, there is only so much Iman Shumpert can do for the Sacramento Kings.
“This is probably the most annoying (injury),” Shumpert said of the lingering plantar fasciitis in his left foot.
Shumpert, 27, is a 6-foot-5 shooting guard. He arrived in Sacramento via the Cleveland Cavaliers at the trade deadline Feb. 8. (The Kings traded away George Hill in the deal.)
To some, the fact Shumpert begins his Kings career on the injured list is no surprise. While an effective defender during the Cavs’ championship run of 2016, he has spent an inordinate amount of time sitting out with a variety of aches, pains and surgeries.
Shumpert actually got some work in on Tuesday, but the foot swelled up on him the next day, Kings coach Dave Joerger told reporters.
Shumpert appeared in 75 games for the Cavs last season, but managed to play just 14 this year. He is averaging 7.3 points and 3.4 rebounds for his seven-year career.
He has gone from a team competing for a championship to one that’s rebuilding around promising youth — such as rookie point guard De’Aaron Fox, second-year shooting guard Buddy Hield and third-year center Willie Cauley-Stein.
But youth doesn’t often tear it up in the NBA, and the Kings (18-39) are headed for another lost season and the NBA draft lottery.
Still, Shumpert indicated he looks forward to joining a squad that is on its way to better days.
“I liked it,” Shumpert said of the trade. “They 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.”