Rockets add depth, trade for Kings’ Iman Shumpert

09 February, 2019, 08:02 | Author: Isabel Grant
  • Lloyd As trade deadline nears Cavs still engaged on Alec Burks deal with eye on future draft picks

He started 25 games for Houston this season.

The Cleveland Cavaliers have traded Alec Burks to the Sacramento Kings, according to Adrian Wojnarowski.

Burks was acquired from the Utah Jazz in November for Kyle Korver, with the Cavs also picking up a pair of future second-round picks.

Wojnarowski announced on Twitter Wednesday that the trade will send Kings' small forward and shooting guard Iman Shumpert to the Rockets. They also save about $6.1 million in tax payments this season and get off the $15.6 million Knight is owed next season. The Rockets made this deal to get Knight's contract off the books. He averaged just under 10 points per game with the Kings this season.

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The win saw Houston improve to 32-22, leaving them in 5th spot in the Western Conference playoff race.

In Cleveland's fourth in-season trade, the Cavs have now gathered two first-round and six second-round picks.

Some may wonder why Cleveland agreed to take on Knight's contract, but they're adding picks in hopes of building for the future.

Shumpert joined the Rockets in Sacramento and is flying back to Houston with the team. Over his seven-year National Basketball Association career, he has played in 394 games (320 starts) with Detroit, Milwaukee, Phoenix and Houston, holding averages of 14.9 points, 3.3 rebounds and 4.2 assists in 30.6 minutes per game.

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