Iman Shumpert facing DUI charge after being arrested

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On Friday, the Cleveland Cavaliers released a statement announcing shooting guard Iman Shumpert was arrested last month, accused of DUI by Fayette County Police. 

The incident occurred last month in Atlanta, where Shumpert spends most of the offseason, with police pulling him over for a lane violation.

If found guilty, the 26-year-old could be suspended by the NBA for the start of the regular season, which the Cavaliers will enter as reigning champions following their NBA Finals victory over the Golden State Warriors.

In their statement the Cavaliers said they had discussed the situation with the player and 'will monitor the progression of the pending court case', adding no date has currently been set.

This is likely to mean the case will be resolved at some point during the season, which could provide an unnecessary distraction to Shumpert during the regular season.

Shumpert, most well-known for his impressive defensive ability, played almost 18 minutes per game throughout the 2016 playoffs, scoring 3.3 points per night.

This is another problem for the Cavaliers, whose training camp begins in just three weeks, as they already have an issue with another title-winning player from last year.

JR Smith, who joined in the same trade as Shumpert from the New York Knicks in 2015, and the team have yet to come to an agreement on a new contract after his current deal expired and the team are likely to want the dispute resolved before camp begins.

The summer has therefore been less than smooth for the reigning champions, who will hope these problems are resolved quickly, as it is not long before they begin their first ever defence of the NBA title.

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