Jason Jones of the Sacramento Bee is reporting that Iman Shumpert is available, should the Kings be interested.
One potential snag in this scenario is general manager Vlade Divac may not want to part ways with Kosta Koufos or Marco Belinelli. Jones goes on to say that Koufos or Belinelli aren’t being treated as untouchable, but Divac is simply looking for the right deal in return.
Shumpert is attractive to the Kings because they’re looking to win now, instead of collecting assets.
League sources told Basketball Insiders’ Steve Kyler on Monday that most of the Shumpert-related talks were incoming in nature and that the Cavaliers have not initiated any discussions to move Shumpert. The Cavaliers seem unwilling at this point to add payroll, so in order to make a major deal a large salary may have to go out, hence why Shumpert’s name has come up.
Boston Celtics Officially Waive David Lee
The Boston Celtics announced today that they have waived forward/center David Lee.
“We thank David for his contributions to our organization and wish him nothing but the best in the future,” said President of Basketball Operations Danny Ainge.
Lee will become an unrestricted free agent if he clears waivers (as expected). Prior to being waived, Lee was the Celtics’ highest-paid player this season since his 2015-16 salary was $15,493,680.
The veteran big man appeared in 30 contests for the Celtics this season. He averaged 7.1 points, 4.3 rebounds and 1.8 assists in 15.7 minutes per game over that span.
Suns Expected to Waive DeJuan Blair
The Suns also acquire Blair, whose contract has a $2 million team option for next season, and Humphries, who is under contract for $4.6 million next season. The Suns are expected to waive Blair immediately.
VIDEO: NBA Trade Deadline Reaction
Did any move made before the NBA trade deadline make a true difference? BasketballInsiders’ Steve Kyler joins CineSport’s Noah Coslov to discuss what happened and didn’t happen on Thursday.
Did any trade-deadline deals make a true difference? Basketball Insiders’ Steve Kyler joins CineSport’s Noah Coslov to discuss what happened and didn’t happen on Thursday.[Editor’s Note: The Memphis Grizzlies received four second-round picks in the Courtney Lee deal, not first-round picks as stated in the video.]