Cavaliers swingman Iman Shumpert will miss the next 12-14 weeks because of a wrist injury, the team announced on Tuesday. Shumpert, who re-signed with the Cavaliers for four years and $40MM this summer, recently suffered a ruptured extensor carpi ulnaris sheath in his right wrist, according to the team’s statement. The 25-year-old reportedly hit his wrist on the rim during a workout last week but continued to play through it, GM David Griffin said. The injury will force Shumpert out for training camp and the first two months of the regular season.
The Cavs don’t have immediate plans to address the injury with a roster move, Griffin said, according to a report by Dave McMenamin of ESPN.com, but he didn’t rule out doing so at some point. “I think we look at this as a very similar situation to what we went through in the playoffs last year: Next man up,” Griffin said. “We have a roster we feel is deep enough to withstand one injury like this, and so we’re going to give people a chance to kind of absorb it from within, but obviously we’ve been paying attention to a lot of opportunities that we may be able to [use] to improve the group. We’ll just play it by ear.”
This brings me to the question/topic for today: Do the Cavaliers need to make a roster move to replace Iman Shumpert?
Will the Cavs be able to weather the storm with J.R. Smith as the starter and Joe Harris and Mo Williams as the backups? Or should the team make a move to fortify the position either via trade or free agency? If you think the team needs to add another wing, who should they target? Take to the comments below to share your thoughts and opinions. We look forward to what you have to say.