According to Shams Cbarania of The Vertical, trade talks between the Cleveland Cavaliers and Houston Rockets involving Iman Shumpert have stalled, as Houston agreed to sign veteran wing P.J. Tucker, who plays a similar role at a higher level than Shumpert.
For now, Cavs/Rockets deal for Shumpert has significantly stalled, league sources say. Houston agreed with P.J. Tucker last night. https://t.co/2KekvjOBeg
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) July 2, 2017
The proposed trade between Cleveland and Houston reportedly would have netted the Cavs a trade exception and a draft pick, while also easing some of the Cavs’ luxury tax issues and pay less of a penalty if Kyle Korver accepts his extension offer.
For a team that has few assets to begin with, finding a partner to unload Shumpert’s contract, create a TPE and get a draft pick would have been great compared to how most of the beginning of this off-season for the Cavs has gone.
Shumpert and Channing Frye are two names the Cavs could move this summer to free up salary, but with the front office uncertainty and LeBron James’ recent revelation that he is not recruiting players in free agency, the signs are not pointing towards upgrading the roster to the degree most Cavs fans hoped.
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