Report: Iman Shumpert in discussions to join BIG3 league

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When the Cleveland Cavaliers won their lone NBA championship back in 2016, Iman Shumpert was a key role player for them.

Now, the 31-year-old is looking to continue his basketball career by joining another league: the BIG3.

The BIG3 was started by legendary rapper Ice Cube in 2017. It features many former NBA players and stars who have recently retired from the NBA, and it is played in a half-court setting, which is more forgiving to its aging players.

Shumpert broke into the NBA as the 17th overall pick by the New York Knicks in the 2011 NBA Draft. After just over three seasons in the Big Apple, he was traded, along with J.R. Smith, to the Cavs.

Cleveland was enjoying the return of LeBron James during that 2014-15 season, but it needed a couple more role players in order to solidify its hopes of winning the world title. Shumpert helped in that area.

As a 6-foot-5 wing, he gave the Cavs some defense and 3-point shooting. During the Cavs’ 2016 run to the Larry O’Brien Trophy, he shot 38.2 percent from 3-point range in 21 postseason contests.

Shumpert remained with the team for two more seasons. In each of his campaigns with the Cavs, he made it to the NBA Finals.

He then moved on to brief stints with the Sacramento Kings and Houston Rockets before playing out the remainder of his pro career with Kyrie Irving, Kevin Durant and the Brooklyn Nets.

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Robert is a native of Santa Monica, Calif. and a graduate of the University of California, Santa Barbara. He has been an avid NBA fan since he was a little kid in the mid '90s and has seen the Cavs go from NBA laughingstocks, to contenders, back to laughingstocks and finally world champions. He feels strongly that the NBA and sports aren't just entertainment, but also a means for learning life lessons.