Iman Shumpert Out 1-2 Weeks With Hamstring Strain

Newly re-signed Nets wing Iman Shumpert will have to wait another week or two to make his season debut for a new-look Brooklyn club after straining his left hamstring, head coach Steve Nash said today, per Malika Andrews of ESPN (Twitter link).

Shumpert re-joined the Nets on January 31 on a non-guaranteed veteran’s minimum contract. The injury must be quite recent, as Nash suggested in statements made earlier this week that Shumpert was “completely available” to play.

As Bobby Marks of ESPN notes (via Twitter), Shumpert’s partially-guaranteed deal with the franchise only becomes fully guaranteed if he remains under contract through February 24, just beyond Nash’s established two-week recovery window.

It will be interesting to see whether the Nets opt to waive Shumpert in favor of another free agent wing. Defensive-oriented free agent swingmen who could be had in Shumpert’s stead include Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, most recently with the Mavericks, and former Thunder wing Andre Roberson.

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