Published: Thu, February 07, 2019
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Houston Rockets acquire Iman Shumpert in three-way trade

Houston Rockets acquire Iman Shumpert in three-way trade

The Cavaliers will entertain other offers prior to Thursday's 3 p.m. deadline, but they traded Hood and Burks, which were the two players most-likely to be dealt.

In return for Sacramento's starting small forward, the team received shooting guard Alec Burks from the Cavs, along with a second-round selection.

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.

Shumpert, who came over from the Cavs last season in the trade for George Hill, missed all but 14 games of last season due to injury.

The Rockets have been in search of a wing player for the better part of the season. That willingness to take on what are perceived as bad contracts is part of the Cavaliers' rebuilding strategy, with the team hoping to acquire as many future draft picks as possible.

Knight has two seasons, including 2019, and about $30 million left on the five-year, $70 million deal he signed with the Suns.

Cleveland will bring in Knight, 27, and Chriss, 21.

Knight has played in 12 games for the Rockets this season, averaging 3.0 points per game, and Chriss has played in 16 games, averaging 1.8 points per game. Thus the Cavaliers' expectations on what he can contribute are limited.

It's a deal that makes sense for all parties involved.

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