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Brandon Knight Traded to Cleveland Cavaliers


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The Houston Rockets have traded former Kentucky guard Brandon Knight to the Cleveland Cavaliers in a three-team deal, according to multiple reports.

Along with Knight, Houston is also sending forward Marquese Chriss and a lottery protected 2019 first-round pick to the Cavaliers. The Sacramento Kings will send guard Iman Shumpert to the Rockets while the Cavaliers will send Alec Burks and a second-round pick to the Kings.

At first glance, this is a great trade for everyone involved. Knight will get an opportunity to play – if healthy – with the rebuilding Cavaliers, who also receive a first-round pick to take on the $15.6 million left on Knight’s deal for next season. The Rockets add a much-needed defensive wing in Shumpert, who has played well for the playoff-hopeful Kings the majority of the season. The Kings also pick up a second-round pick and a young prospect in Alec Burks in the process. Win, win, win.

As for Knight, he still hasn’t looked himself ever since returning from an ACL injury that forced him to sit out nearly two full years. He has not appeared in a game since Jan. 13 and averaged fewer than 10 minutes per game in the 12 he has played in. Knight could potentially be bought out, but the Cavaliers might just hold onto him since they don’t plan on competing in the near future.

Cleveland will also send the recently acquired Nik Stauskas and Wade Baldwin IV to Houston as a part of the deal.

We still have half a day left of possible trades. Buckle up.

Article written by Zack Geoghegan

Covering all things NBA. Follow me on Twitter: @ZackGeoghegan

2 responses to “Brandon Knight Traded to Cleveland Cavaliers”

  1. Aar

    Hate to see that Knight is currently being traded every time his team needs to balance contract values. Hope he gets a great offseason of conditioning and whomever holds his rights at the beginning of next season gives him an honest look that provides the opportunity to sign another deal to finish out his career in a respectable manner.

  2. natedaddy

    Knight is one of my favorite one and dones. A borderline NBA all-star 4-5 years ago but his career has gone down the tubes ever since DeAndre Jordan dunked on him.