The Cleveland Cavaliers are a few days removed from re-signing starting shooting guard J.R. Smith. But they could be interested in hearing trade proposals for defensive specialist Iman Shumpert, according to ESPN's Zach Lowe.
Several teams have reached out to the Cavs about the 26-year-old's availability, including the up-and-coming Minnesota Timberwolves, per Lowe.
Now coached by Tom Thibodeau, the Wolves will be looking to turn things around defensively. They ranked 23rd in the NBA last season, surrendering 106 points per game. Opposing teams shot 47.1 percent from the field against the Wolves, ranking them 28th in the league in that category.
It would be beneficial for the Cavs to retain Shumpert, who's their best perimeter defender outside of LeBron James. But shedding his contract would also be a plus. He still has three years remaining on the four-year, $40 million deal he signed last summer.
With Andrew Wiggins, Karl-Anthony Towns, Kris Dunn and Zach LaVine on the roster, the Wolves are a very young team that's expected to be an entertaining bunch this season. But they're missing a few solid role players, and Shumpert could help fit the bill as an athletic piece with championship experience.
-- Josiah Turner