Iman Shumpert is involved in a Driving Under the Influence (DUI) controversy lately and it’s his name that is mentioned in NBA trade rumors with the Cleveland Cavaliers allegedly not wanting the issue to distract the team from defending their NBA championsip.
Shumpert was arrested for the DUI charge in an incident that happened August 10. The veteran shooting guard now faces a possible suspension from the league, which could be for two games, if he pleas guilty or convicted of the DUI case.
Despite winning the NBA title last June against the Golden State Warriors, Lebron James’ team is still mentioned in NBA trade rumors because of the fact that other teams around the league have improved. Speculations are rife that the Cavaliers want to trade so they can keep up with teams like the Golden State Warriors, which acquired superstar Kevin Durant this 2016 offseason.
Some rumors have linked DeMarcus Cousins to the Cavaliers in exchange for Kevin Love but those are just speculations at the moment with LeBron’s team likely staying put with not moving any of their core players.
The case is different for Iman Shumpert, who has been part of the regular rotation in Cleveland but whom they can afford to lose. The team also has to address the free agency situation of JR Smith, who has been linked to other teams like the Philadelphia 76ers and Brooklyn Nets, which still has salary cap space to offer him a big salary.
However, one trade that the Cavaliers can explore is trading Shumpert to Philadelphia, in exchange for Nerlens Noel.
The Sixers are desperate to get a starting shooting guard and Shumpert could be a good option for the young Philadelphia squad. Earlier in the offseason, the Cavaliers were rumored to be interested in Noel as he can provide interior defense and shot blocking for the team.
The Shumpert DUI case will continue to push the Cavaliers to more NBA trade rumors this summer. It’s not likely that Philadelphia gives up Noel easily but future first round picks could be valued by the team, which is in rebuilding mode.
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