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.
Sources: In Sacramento/Cleveland/Houston three-way deal, Sacramento is trading Iman Shumpert to Houston, Cavs sending Alec Burks and second round pick to Kings, and Brandon Knight and a pick to Cleveland.
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) February 7, 2019
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.
Cleveland will send Nik Stauskas and Wade Baldwin to the Rockets in the three-way deal, league source tells ESPN. Cavaliers acquired those two guards in Sunday’s trade with Portland that sent Rodney Hood to the Blazers.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) February 7, 2019
We still have half a day left of possible trades. Buckle up.