Iman Shumpert Opts In With Kings For Next Season

Kings guard Iman Shumpert has opted in for the final year of his contract, Shams Charania of Yahoo Sports tweets.

Shumpert will make just over $11MM next season. He had until June 14 to make a decision on his player option.

Shumpert’s decision to take the guaranteed money comes as no surprise after his injury-plagued 2017/18 season. He only appeared in 14 games, all with the Cavaliers, before he was dealt at the trade deadline to Sacramento. He was part of a multi-player, three-team deal that also involved the Jazz.

Shumpert was sidelined by knee and foot injuries and the Kings weren’t in any rush to have him play this past season, as they were evaluating younger players during the second half of the campaign.

Shumpert appeared in 76 regular-season games with Cleveland, including 31 starts, in 2016/17. He averaged 7.5 PPG, 2.9 RPG and 1.4 APG that season. He also appeared in 58 playoff games with the Cavaliers over a three-year span. Shumpert turns 28 later this month.

The decision won’t have a major effect on the Kings’ offseason plans as they remain well under the cap.

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13 thoughts on “Iman Shumpert Opts In With Kings For Next Season

  1. x%sure

    SAC is loaded at 2G with Bogdanovich & Hield, & flexible Temple. Shumpert can play the 3 also and if SAC wants to win, Shumpert could have a big year. But they may want to force in young Justn Jacksn or draft Doncic.

    Here’s where I would like if the NBA had 2 levels (3 with the GLeague) of 20 teams each with promotion and relegation. That would force teams like SAC to try to win. Shumpert deserves a clear-path, not yanked-around year. (And healthy)

    • Chris

      Loaded? I hardly call having a bunch of mediocre dudes being loaded. And Shump’s play has shown he doesn’t deserve much more than he’s getting currently.

        • x%sure

          Well, 14 games played last year, so yes. Should have been zero– injured in preseason.

    • tyork21

      Try to win.. they did try and win they are just very young in experienced and less talented .. they didn’t tank last year them getting the 2nd pick was pure luck they would have been 7th or 8th

      • x%sure

        Next year though? They were confident at the start last year. Well hope you’re right. I think Shump will help more than Hill or Carter.

  2. cesc

    That was a no-brainer from him, just surprised it took him so long. I think of all of this 2G you mentioned I only find useful Hield & if they get Doncic, the rest well… they won’t take you anywhere any time soon, right?

    • x%sure

      Bog-Bog (my tag) hit 39% 3s, 49% 2s, 84% 1s and 6a in his NBA rookie year. That’s good stuff. It’s the only strong position for the Kings– it’s just potential everywhere else.

    • x%sure

      Ha. Shump has fine stats when he starts. He just needs to relax & get into rhythm & into a role. Too bad the Pels could not work out a deal, they tried.

  3. julyn82001

    Injured and still getting paid the big bucks! Some athletes, not your regular employee working at a drive through making $10 an hour! Seems unfair…

  4. padam

    I just hope he sent a thank you note with that opt-in. It’s the polite thing to do.

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