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Brooklyn waives Iman Shumpert

Nets, Iman Shumpert

The Brooklyn Nets are waiving forward Iman Shumpert, who was acquired last month as a reinforcement for the team’s depth, according to Shams Charania of The Athletic. The Nets were 9-4 since Shumpert arrived, but released him due to the guarantees on his contract — money they were reluctant to pay.

Shumpert, though a good locker room presence, shot an ineffective 32.8% from the floor, 24.2% from three and a mere 57.1% from the foul line, averaging 4.2 points and 2.6 rebounds in 18.5 minutes per game.

The Nets will also have Wilson Chandler available to return from suspension on Sunday, having complied with his 25-game ban for banned substances. Kyrie Irving and Caris LeVert’s impending return will likely come soon after that, as the Nets regain their full force with the year coming to a close.

Since leaving a championship roster in the Cleveland Cavaliers, Iman Shumpert has bounced around the league the past two seasons, playing 20 games for the Houston Rockets and 42 for the Sacramento Kings last season, along with the 13 for the Nets this season.

The 29-year-old has a decent reputation as a strong wing defender, but has never averaged double digits scoring in his career, a part that is clearly still lacking with his shooting numbers barreling down once again.