Cleveland Cavaliers guard Iman Shumpert underwent arthoscopic knee surgery on Friday and will miss six to eight weeks for recovery.
The Vertical’s Shams Charnia reported that the surgery repaired a small tear of the meniscus but the team hasn’t provided an official update of the full extent of Shumpert’s injury.
Shumpert has missed nine games this season dealing with injuries including five out of the last six prior to the surgery. He played this past Monday against Philadelphia but only played seven minutes.
It isn’t a major loss for the Cavaliers who haven’t miss a beat without his presence. In 13 games (6 starts) this season, Shumpert is averaging 4.8 points, 3.1 rebounds, 1.3 assists and 0.7 steals per game in just under 21 minutes per contest.
He’s shooting 38.6% from the field and a career low 28% from three point distance.
He’s no longer revered as a top defender in the league like he was when the Cavaliers acquired him in January of 2015 which begs the question of was he just looking for a big money contract which he got when he signed a 4 year, $40 million dollar contract in July of 2015.
It does however put a damper on any potential trade value he has. Shumpert’s projected return is mid-January to early February with the trade deadline on February 8.
The team has been trying to trade Shumpert since early July and in late August after the Kyrie Irving trade saga finally ended, ESPN reported that Shumpert asked for a trade after the end of last season.
His name has been attached to potential trade scenarios for Pelicans center DeMarcus Cousins and Oklahoma City forward Paul George.
Shumpert is making $10.3 million this season and has a player option worth $11 million next season which at this point he’d be crazy not to exercise it because if he is a free agent next summer with his injury history and decline in performance, I don’t see a scenario where a team gives him more than that option year is paying.