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Iman Shumpert leaves Cavs preseason opener with left foot injury

The guard will not return.

Cleveland Cavaliers Media Day Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images

Cleveland Cavaliers guard Iman Shumpert has left the Cleveland Cavaliers’ preseason game vs. the Atlanta Hawks on Wednesday with a left foot injury, the team says. He will not return, but did walk off the court under his own power according to the team’s broadcast.

Shumpert appeared to hurt his foot while going up for a dunk. After the play, he took some time to get back to the other end of the court:

It’s too early now to say what Shumpert’s injury means or how long it could keep him out. He does have a fairly lengthy NBA history, including some ankle and knee issues. If he is out for a significant amount of time, it could impact who the team keeps. The Cavs have to cut down to 15 guaranteed contracts — they currently have 15 — and Shumpert’s injury could mean Richard Jefferson, who has been speculated as a possible goner, could stay on the team ahead of point guard Jose Calderon.