Iman Shumpert (wrist) said he is tackling his rehab aggressively and is aiming for a mid-December return, Chris Haynes of Cleveland.com reports. "If I could have, I would have played soon as they took the cast off [on Oct. 14]. I think I'm six weeks out. They said 12-14 [weeks], right? If I can make it at 12, I'm trying to make it at 12," Shumpert said.
Shumpert was given that 12-to-14-week recovery timetable after undergoing surgery on his right wrist in early October, and it doesn't sound like he's experienced any setbacks along the way. The shooting guard has been staying in shape by taking part in shooting and ball-handling drills with his non-dominant left hand, which should put him on course to hit the ground running once his right wrist heals properly. Once Shumpert hits the court for the Cleveland Cavaliers , he's expected to reenter the starting lineup at shooting guard, moving J.R. Smith back into a bench role.
Iman Shumpert has shed the hard cast on his right wrist and is now sporting a splint, Jason Lloyd of the Akron Beacon Journal reports.
There's indication that Shumpert's initial 10-to-12 week timetable has changed, but he's at least making some progress in his rehab from a wrist issue that required surgery in late September. If his current timetable holds, he'll likely remain out until mid-to-late December at the earliest, with Mo Williams, Matthew Dellavedova and J.R. Smith all likely receiving added minutes in his absence.
Cleveland Cavaliers guard Iman Shumpert underwent successful surgery on his right wrist Wednesday morning, Dave McMenamin of ESPN.com reports.
The Cavaliers expected Shumpert to require 12-14 weeks of recovery time, keeping him unavailable until at least early January. The team is expected to insert J.R. Smith in the starting lineup to replace Shumpert, with both Matthew Dellavedova and Mo Williams now positioned to see more minutes than expected in the backcourt.
The Cleveland Cavaliers have announced that projected starting off-guard Iman Shumpert suffered a wrist injury recently and is expected to remain sidelined about three months.
Shumpert ruptured the Extensor Carpi Ulnaris sheath in his right wrist during a recent workout, and he'll have surgery Wednesday to repair the damage. The loss of Shumpert is obviously a huge blow for Cleveland.
In his absence, J.R. Smith will likely take over as the starting shooting guard, and Matthew Dellavedova could see a minutes boost.
"Iman is a versatile, two-way player who embodies much of the grit, determination and defense-first mentality our group became identified by," Cavaliers GM David Griffin said.
Shumpert appeared in 62 games (25 starts) for the Cavs and Knicks in the 2014-15 regular season. He averaged 8.0 points, 3.6 rebounds, 2.2 assists and 1.3 steals in 24.9 minutes per game. In 38 games with Cleveland, he averaged 9.1 points and 4.9 rebounds.
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