The Cavaliers will have Iman Shumpert back on Monday against the 76ers, coach Tyronn Lue said after Sunday’s practice. Shumpert, though, will come off the bench after starting at point guard in place of Derrick Rose prior to his injury. Jose Calderon will continue to start at point guard.
“He fits in because we've been putting J.R. (Smith) back with the second unit,” Lue said, per cleveland.com. “That will be Shump's position.”
Shumpert has missed the Cavs’ last three games with knee soreness. For the year, he is averaging 5.2 points and 1.4 assists per game. He is also playing 22 minutes a game, the lowest number of his Cleveland career. His return puts the Cavs’ expected rotation at 10 players.
How Lue adjusts the Cavs’ lineups to accommodate Shumpert should be interesting. Based on his comments, it seems as if he may continue to nominally play point guard on bench units.