Exciting trade developments for the Kings as they looked to extend their three-game winning streak Wednesday.
The Rockets sent a first-round pick, Brandon Knight and Marquese Chriss to Cleveland and the Kings received Alec Burks from the Cavaliers as part of the trade.
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Knight, Chriss and the first rounder are headed to Cleveland. The Rockets made this deal to get Knight's contract off the books.
However, as Kevin O'Connor of the Ringer notes, this could be part of a bigger plan for Houston should they be more interested in bringing in a shooter rather than a defender like Shump. Shumpert ($11 million) is an expiring contract, as are the salaries of Staukas ($1.6M) and Baldwin ($1.5M). Iman Shumpert will provide perimeter shooting, toughness, and rugged defense to a Houston team which is playing very well right now.
The brief Cleveland Cavaliers career of Alec Burks appears to be coming to an end with the National Basketball Association trade deadline coming on Thursday afternoon. Here's hoping he moves the needle for this team. The 28-year old has a reputation as a good defender. Wojnarowski adds that the Rockets will attach a second-round draft pick in order to push the deal through.