CLEVELAND — Cavaliers guard Iman Shumpert injured his left foot in Wednesday’s 109-93 preseason loss to the Atlanta Hawks and will undergo medical imaging Thursday to determine the severity of the injury.
“We won’t know until tomorrow morning, but I think he should be OK,” Cavs coach Tyronn Lue said after the game.
Shumpert suffered the injury while landing awkwardly after a missed dunk attempt with 2:16 remaining in the first quarter. He limped back to the locker room after a timeout and did not return to the game.
The seven-year veteran has been sharing the backcourt in the second unit with Dwyane Wade through the first week of Cavs training camp, trying to carve out a consistent role on a Cleveland team that added guards Wade, Derrick Rose, Isaiah Thomas and Jose Calderon in the offseason.
Earlier in the week, Shumpert shared that he and Lue had an air-it-out meeting prior to the Cavs’ minicamp in Santa Barbara, California, last month to discuss his place on the team after he was included in trade talks over the summer.
Shumpert’s injury could complicate what already figures to be a challenging roster shuffle for Cleveland general manager Koby Altman.
The Cavs have 16 players signed to guaranteed contracts for 2017-18 and can carry only 15 players on their roster, meaning they will either have to cut or trade a player or players before the regular season opens on Oct. 17 against the Boston Celtics.
“It’s a tough process if you can move guys or if you have to let one go,” said Lue. “It’s going to be a tough decision. Just trying to see who plays the best for us, who stays healthy, and we’ve got to go from there.”