On Wednesday night, Houston reportedly acquired forward Iman Shumpert from the Sacramento Kings as part of a three-team deal that also included the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Citing league sources, ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski said the Rockets are unloading guard Brandon Knight, forward Marquese Chriss and a lottery-protected 2019 first-round pick to the Cavaliers.
Along with Shumpert, the Rockets also received Nik Stauskas and Wade Baldwin from Cleveland, who were then traded hours before the deadline to Indiana.
Houston, Cleveland and Sacramento completing a three-way deal that will send Iman Shumpert to the Rockets, league sources tell ESPN.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) February 7, 2019
Houston is trading Nik Stauskas and Wade Baldwin to the Pacers, league source tells ESPN.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) February 7, 2019
The move enables Houston to save $15.6 million that would be due to Knight next season. Both Knight and Chriss were acquired from Phoenix before the current season in the Ryan Anderson trade.
Shumpert, a former NBA champion with Cleveland and an eight-year veteran of the league, has been a perennial starter for the Kings this season. He is averaging about 26 minutes played and nearly nine points a game. Shumpert becomes a free agent after the season.
Following the Shumpert trade and closer to the deadline Thursday, the Rockets used another swap to unload guard James Ennis to Philadelphia. The Athletic's Shams Charania reported the Rockets received the right to swap second-round picks with the 76ers in 2021.
Sources: Houston is trading James Ennis to Philadelphia.— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) February 7, 2019
The Ennis trade is expected to free up a roster spot for the Rockets, who appear to be players in the buyout market. Houston found recent success signing Kenneth Faried after his buyout from Brooklyn.
To go with that, the Rockets assigned center Isiah Hartenstein to their G League affiliate.
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