Guard Ian Shumpert is going to re-sign with Cleveland Cavaliers, the player himself confirmed on social media on Wednesday. The four-year contract is worth $40 million and the final year of the deal has a player option, according to ESPN. Hours earlier, there were rumors about growing distance between Shumpert and the Cavs.
During last season’s playoff Shumpert averaged 9.1 points, 4.9 rebounds and 1.3 steals per game, which made him a valuable player in the Cavs’ squad after being recruited in January trade from the New York Knicks. His three-point shooting is a handicap. Apart from that, Shumpert has established himself as an outstanding replacement level producer with defensive abilities. He’s gifted with the capability of guarding the top perimeter scorer.
After striking a deal with Kevin Love, and another awaiting in form of Tristan Thompson, the addition of Shumpert means the Cavs are going to attain $240 million in new salary commitments on the first day of the free agency. This does not include LeBron James’ astronomical contract.