Press Release from MSG, in full:
New York Knickerbockers President and General Manager Steve Mills announced today that the team has exercised its fourth-year contract option on guard Iman Shumpert.
In two seasons, Shumpert, 6-5, 220-pounds, holds career averages of 8.3 points, 3.1 rebounds and 2.3 assists over 26.0 minutes in 104 games (80 starts) with New York. He appeared in, and started, 45 games last season to average 6.8 points, 3.0 rebounds and 1.7 assists over 22.1 minutes. The Oak Park, IL native was originally selected by the Knicks in the first round (17th overall) of 2011 NBA Draft and earned 2011-12 NBA All-Rookie First Team honors.
First, cool. Second, unsurprising apart from the generally long odds of a Knick draftee making it through the three-year long rookie contract gauntlet of injuries, role marginalization, and trade talk and coming out still wearing orange and blue. Shump is obviously a critical part of the team as presently constituted and his importance should only grow from here as he continues to improve and the rest of the gang gets older and/or sees their contracts run out.
Now, for our next trick, let’s not trade him.