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NBA Free Agency Rumour: Toronto Raptors interested in Iman Shumpert

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A defensive stopper for the Cleveland Cavaliers, Iman Shumpert is drawing interest from the Toronto Raptors.

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The Toronto Raptors continue to make more calls trying to lure more free agents to the North. This time Masai is trying to reel in Iman Shumpert according to Alex Kennedy of Basketball Insiders:

Shumpert along with J.R. Smith and a draft pick were brought along in to the Cavs in a three-team traded that involved Lance Thomas going to New York and Dion Waiters, Lou Amundson and Alex Kirk and a second round draft pick to the Oklahoma City Thunder.

This isn't the first time Shumpert is involved in trade talks to Toronto. Last year, ESPN's Marc Stein reported that the Raps were willing to offer Kyle Lowry in a packaged deal that would've sent Lowry to New York with Raymond Felton and Iman Shumpert coming to Toronto.

In 2014-15 season, Shumpert averaged 8.0 points, 3.6 rebounds, 2.2 assists and 1.3 steals per game. He's shot relatively 41.0 percent from the field, 34.2 percent from three point land and making 67.2 percent of his shots from the free throw line.

What's most notable at Shumpert is his defensive impact. As a lockdown defender, Shumpert was crucial during the Cleveland Cavaliers playoffs run last year. Per NBA.com, in the 20 games he played Shumpert allowed 4.2 percent of defended field goals in. He also averaged 9.1 points, 4.9 rebounds, 1.2 assists and 1.3 steals during the playoffs.

The Cavaliers value his defensive ability and as such they've extended a qualifying offer to the restricted free agent shooting guard. That however won't stop teams from trying to snag him.

As good as the Raptors front court can be, GM Masai Ujiri is well-aware of its defensive woes. While drafting Delon Wright will help, having a more experienced defensive stopper in Iman Shumpert could fix that problem tremendously,

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