There was a time in the NBA that Iman Shumpert and Jimmy Butler were both thought of as elite wing defenders with similar ceilings above them. Nobody thought that Butler would ever grow into a legitimate super star, but neither did anyone think that Iman Shumpert would fade in talent with injuries. To be fair, Shump couldn’t exactly control when or how he got hurt, he could only control how he bounced back. After languishing in New York, Iman and JR Smith were dealt to Cleveland and both saw their careers revitalize. Fans like Sam Tabar have learned that now Shumpert wants to return the favor and come back to Cleveland.
According to the rumor mill Iman Shumpert has designs on returning to Cleveland and taking another go around with LeBron James and the rest of the Cavs. In an Instagram post Shumpert captioned a photo, “Be back soon, Cleveland” and that appears to be on the horizon. A deal is in place between Cavs management and Shumpert on a four year extension worth around $40 million bucks. Seems like a lot of money for who has essentially been a career role player, no?
In Cleveland we watched Shumpert grow into one of the more unique players on the Cavs squad. He played elite defense, routinely taking the best guy on the court and allowing ‘Bron to rest, while adding in important three point shooting. His hustle on the court also gave the Cavs revitalized energy when they needed it. We believe it to be a great signing.