New York Knicks Smart to Exercise Iman Shumpert’s Contract Option
The New York Knicks have wisely picked up Iman Shumpert‘s contract option, keeping him in orange and blue through the end of the 2014-15 season. The third-year guard has been the Knicks’ best young talent, and on a team mostly filled with players either in or past their prime, his potential for improvement (and the improvements he’s already shown) makes him a key part of the Knicks’ future.
Picking up his contract option is also a sign of good faith, and Knicks fans can once again breathe easy after offseason rumors that James Dolan nearly demanded that Shump be traded after missing a few Summer League games.
Shump, now entering his third season, is coming off a very strong postseason performance, shooting 42.9 percent from deep in the 2013 playoffs while providing strong rebounding and his usual excellent man-to-man defense. When he was drafted back in 2011, he made an immediate impact on the defensive end but his offensive game was extremely raw. Now, he’s found a way to complement his athleticism with a very good outside shooting stroke, making him one of the league’s premier “D-and-3″ guys. He’ll also be producing at a high level for New York while on a very cheap contract, a necessity for a team so far past the luxury tax.
Shumpert is the team’s best two-way guard and may very well be the team’s best three-point shooter this season. The Knicks made the right choice in exercising his option early before it could become a distraction. They’ll need Shump to be at his best if they hope to advance in the playoffs this season.
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