Coming off a postseason where key guys battled or were lost because of injuries, the Cleveland Cavaliers are already dealing with a significant injury on the opening day of training camp. At Monday’s media day, Cleveland Cavaliers guard Iman Shumpert was all smiles, laughing and kidding around with teammate J.R. Smith during their availability in front of the local and national media in attendance at Cleveland Clinic Courts. Tuesday, was a different story as the team announced Shumpert is expected to miss 12 to 14 weeks with a injured right wrist.
In a release sent out by the team around 12:30 Tuesday afternoon, Shumpert recently suffered a ruptured Extensor Carpi Ulnaris sheath in his right wrist. The injury was discovered following an MRI performed on Monday at Cleveland Clinic Sports Health. Cavaliers team physician, Dr. Richard Parker along with Dr. Thomas Graham confirmed the injury. Cavaliers general manager David Griffin explained the details of the injury to the media following Tuesday’s practice.
“In training last week, he had an issue where he hit the rim with his right wrist and reported that he had some soreness but he was able to keep playing and really just wanted to make us aware of it because he had some sort of late soreness,” Griffin said. “I think we look at this as a very similar situation to what we went through in the playoffs last year, next man up.”
Shumpert will have surgery on Wednesday and is expected to return to action in 12 to 14 weeks. The Cavaliers open up training camp on Tuesday at Cleveland Clinic Courts. Shumpert finished last season as the starting shooting guard for the Cavaliers. Shumpert came over to the Cavaliers along with Smith from the New York Knicks last January. Shumpert signed a four year $40 million contract to remain in Cleveland back in July.