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Pelicans rumors: New Orleans interested in Iman Shumpert

Iman Shumpert and JR Smith

For the past couple of seasons, the New Orleans Pelicans have been unable to stay relatively healthy. Prior to the 2017-18 NBA season, Solomon Hill (torn hamstring) and Frank Jackson (broken foot) have already suffered significant injuries as the team reportedly worked out Josh Smith as a potential replacement.

Another option for the Pelicans is reportedly Iman Shumpert, who the Cleveland Cavaliers have been shopping according to Cody Taylor of Basketball Insiders:

A source told Basketball Insiders last week that the Pelicans were among the teams interested in Cleveland Cavaliers forward Iman Shumpert. Since acquiring Jae Crowder from the Boston Celtics in the Kyrie Irving trade, many speculated that Shumpert could be expendable.

For a team that is already struggling with wing depth, it will be interesting to see what the Pelicans can potentially offer the Cavaliers. As the Cavaliers recently acquired Isaiah Thomas, Jae Crowder, Ante Zizic, and two draft picks, it appears Shumpert is the odd man out in head coach Tyronn Lue’s rotation.

For the Pelicans, there is a sense of urgency heading into the 2017-18 NBA season. With DeMarcus Cousins set to become an unrestricted free agent and Anthony Davis looking to win at this stage of his career, there is pressure to make the playoffs in the highly competitive Western Conference.