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NETS SIGN IMAN SHUMPERT TO ROSTER OPENING

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Iman Shumpert, the veteran wing defender, will re-join the Nets. Shams Charania was first to report the news.

The Nets later confirmed the news. Brooklyn had to sign a player Saturday under league rules regarding rosters. After the lopsided four-team trade that brought James Harden to the Nets two weeks ago, Brooklyn had to fill two of their three openings within two weeks.

The Nets now have 16 players under contract, 14 signed to standard NBA deals and two two-ways. They have one opening.

No details yet on Shumpert’s contract nor when he will play. Norvel Pelle, who was also signed this week, was given a non-guaranteed deal. Both Shumpert and Pelle are known for their defense. Shumpert also is seen as a solid locker room presence with a championship pedigree.

On November 13, 2019, Shumpert signed with the Nets, who had a roster opening created by Wilson Chandler’s 25-game PED suspension. On December 12, when Chandler’s suspension expired, Shumpert was waived by the Nets.

in 13 games with Brooklyn, the 6’6” wing averaged 4.2 points and 2.6 rebounds while shooting 32.8 percent overall and 24.2 percent from deep in 13 games, none of them starts. He’s been a teammate of Kyrie Irving, James Harden as well as Joe Harris and Jeff Green over the last five years. He was part of the Cavaliers 2015-16 NBA championship team. The Nets now have five players who’ve been to the NBA Finals a total of 12 times.

The Nets still have one opening as a result of the lopsided four-team trade that brought James Harden to Brooklyn. Under league rules, the Nets had to sign Pelle and Shumpert by Saturday.