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Conflicting report: Iman Shumpert hasn’t requested trade

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in Game 4 of the 2017 NBA Finals at Quicken Loans Arena on June 9, 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.

Ronald Martinez

Iman Shumpert reportedly requested a trade from the Cavaliers.

Or not.

Shams Charania of Yahoo Sports:

What Shumpert wants probably doesn’t matter much , anyway. He’s a role player, and teams shuffle role players regardless of their desires.

Shumpert might prefer to stay in Cleveland. He might not. It seems likely his camp doesn’t want him associated with a trade request, a fairly common request that still rankles fans when it becomes public.

Either way, the Cavs likely want to unload the two years and $21,348,313 remaining on Shumpert’s contract – clearing resulting luxury-tax payments and baggage. J.R. Smith and Kyle Korver are fine at shooting guard, and maybe Dwyane Wade signs with the Cavaliers after getting bought out by the Bulls.

Shumpert just isn’t worth it – unless the sweetener necessary to dump him is too great. Then, he’ll be stuck in Cleveland, whether he likes it or not.