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Was Waiving Shumpert the Right Decision for Brooklyn?

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The Brooklyn Nets waived Iman Shumpert after a brief 13-game stint with the team.

The Athletic’s Shams Charania was first to report Brooklyn’s decision to release Shumpert, which the team later confirmed. The decision to part ways was due to the fact that Wilson Chandler’s 25-game suspension for violating the NBA’s Anti-Drug Program was set to expire. Chandler made his Nets debut yesterday.

The Nets amounted a 9-4 record and ultimately played their best basketball with Shumpert on the team. Unfortunately, full roster guarantees left Shumpert as the “odd man out.”

With that in mind, this brings up the question: “Was waiving Shumpert the right decision?

The Nets did not want to risk losing young potential talent on the roster. This young core includes Theo Pinson, Dzanan Musa, and Rodions Kurucs. Pinson worked hard to earn an NBA contract so the Nets risking him only to sign another two-way contract would have been a slap to the face for the second year pro.

Iman Shumpert took to Twitter to thank the Nets organization:

Although it was a short tenure, Shumpert’s presence played a key factor on and off the court. The Nets drastically improved on the defensive end and it only makes sense that every player on the team raved about Shump’s tenacity on defense.

This tweet speaks volume to the immediate impact from Iman Shumpert. The play of Spencer Dinwiddie has skyrocketed since the injury to Kyrie Irving and signing of Shumpert. For a team that is looking to compete in the Eastern conference and play meaningful games in the playoffs the need of seasoned veterans is essential. The veteran that is willing to play 20 minutes a night and strictly focus on setting the tone on defense for their respected team from the looks of it Shumpert could have been that guy for the Nets.

Here is yet another fan who showed his appreciation for Shump. This clip shows his defensive tenacity with four steals while showing his teammates the importance of hustle. In his brief 13-game stretch for the Nets, Shumpert proved to the league that he still belongs. He can give a team 15-20 minutes off the bench and guard the opposing team’s best offensive player. Expect Shumpert to receive interest from multiple suitors.

The Nets had to make a tough roster decision, but was it the right one?

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