Rumors and speculations are now swirling around the Cleveland Cavaliers who are reportedly interested in trading Iman Shumpert, Mo Williams, and a 2020 first-round pick for Nerlens Noel of the Philadelphia 76ers.
Cavaliers guard Iman Shumpert has been arrested for DUI charge last month near his home in Atlanta. With Shumpert threaten to face a suspension, the trade rumors involving him heated up and there were speculations that the Cavaliers will be sending him to Philadelphia 76ers for Nerlens Noel.
However, according to Terry Pluto of Cleveland.com, the Dui charge on Iman Shumpert will not be a major issue since it was an isolated incident. The Cavaliers are more concerned with Shumpert’s performance last season that may affect their goal to defend their title.
After his first year with the Cavaliers, Iman Shumpert signed a four-year deal worth 40 million. Unfortunately, the 26-year-old shooting guard had a disappointing season after averaging 5.8 points and 3.8 rebounds per game. This forced the Cavaliers to use J.R. Smith as their starting SG that enabled them to win their first championship.
According to Amico Hoops founder Sam Amico, the Cavaliers tried to trade Iman Shumpert this summer after they won a championship title.
“Several opposing team executives told Amico Hoops earlier this summer the Cavs had called to explore potential trade packages centered on Shumpert, a 6-foot-5 reserve,” Amico said.
The Cavaliers were linked in various trade rumors this offseason mainly pertaining to their need of a quality rim protector. DeMarcus Cousins has been the favorite to be traded to Cleveland but it seems like the Cavaliers are not willing to give away their key players.
If the Cavaliers are looking for a cheaper deal, they could inquire about the availability of Nerlens Noel from the Philadelphia 76ers. The Sixer currently have three centers on their team with the arrival of Joel Embiid.
Aaron Ferguson of King James Gospel suggested for the Cavaliers to trade Iman Shumpert, Mo Williams, and a 2020 first-round pick to acquire Nerlens Noel from the Sixers. Noel will undeniably give the Cavaliers a quality rim protector that they really need if they want to repeat as a champion.
For the Sixers, addressing the logjam in their frontcourt will be beneficial if they will get guards and a first-round pick in return. The trade may or may not happen before the start of the 2016-17 NBA season but still possible before the trade deadline.
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