Iman Shumpert Trade Rumors: Cavs, Rockets Talks Have 'Significantly Stalled'

Timothy Rapp@@TRappaRTFeatured ColumnistJuly 2, 2017

CLEVELAND, OH - JUNE 07:  Stephen Curry #30 of the Golden State Warriors and Iman Shumpert #4 of the Cleveland Cavaliers speak in the second quarter in Game 3 of the 2017 NBA Finals at Quicken Loans Arena on June 7, 2017 in Cleveland, Ohio. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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Trade talks that linked Iman Shumpert of the Cleveland Cavaliers to the Houston Rockets "significantly stalled" Sunday after the Rockets reportedly agreed to sign PJ Tucker, according to Shams Charania of The Vertical.

Brian Windhorst of ESPN.com reported Saturday that the Cavs were seeking a draft pick and trade exception for Shumpert, "which would free [money] to sign Kyle Korver and set up future deals."

On Saturday, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reported, "By trading Shumpert, the committed salaries in Cleveland would drop from $125 million to $115 million guaranteed, $4 million below the luxury tax, and save the team $17.1 million in potential taxes.

"In total, the trade could save the Cavaliers $28 million this season, factoring in Shumpert's contract and tax savings."

But Steve Kyler of Basketball Insiders reported Sunday the "Rockets wanted Shumpert to opt into 2018-19 contract year as terms of trade. Not sure he'll do that."

And Wojnarowski noted Shumpert "has refused to waive" his option during Cleveland's trade discussions with other teams.

On Sunday, Joe Vardon of Cleveland.com reported the Cavaliers would continue shopping Shumpert to "other potential landing spots."

Shumpert, 27, appeared in 76 games, including 31 starts, for Cleveland last season, averaging 7.5 points and 2.9 rebounds in 25.5 minutes per game. He's a solid defender and on-ball hound who would represent a defensive upgrade for many teams.

Houston was likely interested in adding Shumpert as a replacement for defensive specialist Patrick Beverley, who was dealt to the Los Angeles Clippers in the Chris Paul trade, but Tucker could slide into that role instead.

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