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REPORT: Nets sign former NBA champion Iman Shumpert in wake of Caris LeVert injury

Iman Shumpert, Rockets

The Brooklyn Nets are signing free agent guard Iman Shumpert, ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported on Wednesday afternoon:

The signing of Shumpert comes in the wake of Caris LeVert’s thumb injury that could hold him out for the foreseeable future, as well as Wilson Chandler’s 25-game suspension to start the year:

Iman Shumpert, now 29 years of age, has been shipped around a bit since his days with LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers. He was acquired by the Kings as part of a three-team trade with the Cavs in 2018. And in February of 2019, he was acquired by the Houston Rockets in another three-team deal.

Several teams were said to be interested in Shumpert’s services heading into this season, including the Memphis Grizzlies and Chicago Bulls. In the end, though, the Nets were able to pick him up.

Shumpert should serve as a fine reserve option for the Nets, who are currently holding a 4-6 overall record. The former 17th overall pick averaged 7.5 points and shot 35% from downtown in 62 games (40 starts) for Houston and Sacramento in 2018-19.

The Nets will be back in action on Thursday night, as they’re scheduled for a road game against the Denver Nuggets. Tip-off inside the Pepsi Center is set for 10:00 p.m. ET, with TNT having live broadcast coverage.