June 8, 2018, 7:52 pm
Kings guard Iman Shumpert has reportedly opted into his $11 million player option for next season, according to Shams Charania of Yahoo Sports.
This news certainly doesn’t come as a surprise. Shumpert has been talking about being in Sacramento next season on social media for the past few weeks, so this news was a formality.
The Kings acquired Shumpert from the Cleveland Cavaliers at last season’s trade deadline, but he never played a game for Sacramento due to a knee issue. He’s expected to be back in time for training camp later this year, though.
Shumpert has career averages of 7.3 points and 3.4 rebounds in 25.4 minutes per game (384 games). He holds career shooting percentages of just 39.6 percent from the field and 33.8 percent from three. The 27-year-old has played for the New York Knicks and Cavaliers during his eight-year career, spending four seasons with each team.
If he can stay healthy, Shumpert might be a handy piece for the Kings next season. He’s well-known for his defensive capabilities, but he has a lot to prove after trending downward over the past few seasons.