Iman Shumpert turns down Rockets deal after months of consideration
Free agent forward Iman Shumpert has chosen to decline the Houston Rockets’ contract offer after months of consideration and negotiation with the organization, according to Shams Charania of The Athletic.
Shumpert won’t be reporting to the Rockets’ Las Vegas training camp, where players are expected to show up in two weeks prior to the start of the preseason. The defensive wing was acquired midseason by the Rockets with the hopes of bolstering the bench, but his production left a lot to desire in limited minutes.
After starting 40 of his 42 games with the Sacramento Kings in 2018-19, Shump only got one nod to start in his 20 games with the Rockets, averaging a mere 4.6 points, 2.7 rebounds, and 1.1 assists, shooting 34.7% from the floor and 29.6% from deep.
The shooting percentages surely took away his opportunities under Mike D’Antoni’s offense, playing only 19 minutes per game, minutes that dwindled in the postseason (13.6 per game) during his eight appearances.
Shumpert will have to look for a potential team to take on his talents, likely awaiting to be an injury replacement for a team or among the options left in the free agent pool after the trade deadline.
The 29-year-old has career averages of 7.5 points, 3.0 rebounds, and 1.8 assists per game in his eight-year career in the NBA.