Nets bringing back Shumpert to shore up defense


The Brooklyn Nets are bringing back Iman Shumpert, signing the veteran swingman to a deal on Saturday.

Shumpert, 30, spent a month with the Nets last season, averaging 4.2 points and 2.6 rebounds in 13 games. Brooklyn doesn’t need much scoring from him now but will count on his perimeter defense to address one of its weaknesses.

Shumpert was a teammate of Nets guard Kyrie Irving on the Cleveland Cavaliers team that won the 2016 NBA championship.

He has also played for Houston, Sacramento and the New York Knicks, who selected him with the 17th pick in the 2011 NBA draft.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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