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Report: Iman Shumpert returning to Cavaliers on four-year, $40 million contract

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Cleveland Cavaliers guard Iman Shumpert (4) is defended by Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry, left, and forward Harrison Barnes (40) during the first half of Game 6 of basketball’s NBA Finals in Cleveland, Tuesday, June 16, 2015. (AP Photo/Ezra Shaw, Pool via AP)


Kevin Love? Back.

Tristan Thompson? Back.

Iman Shumpert? After a little threatening, back.

Alex Kennedy of Basketball Insiders:

Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports:

Cleveland needed someone like Shumpert. He’s the only strong wing defender on the roster. LeBron James isn’t interested in that role over a full season anymore.

But at that price, I would have let him seek an offer sheet and then matched. That could have backfired if Shumpert signs a bigger deal elsewhere or accepted the qualifying offer, but I think it was worth the risk.

Anyway, it’s only money. Shumpert won’t limit the Cavaliers’ flexibility. They’ll be far above the luxury-tax line regardless. As long as Dan Gilbert is willing to spend – and he clearly is – there’s no drawback to this signing.

The upside is clear: Cleveland is in even strong position to contend for championships the next few years.