Houston Rockets acquire Iman Shumpert in three-way trade

Rex Christensen
February 7, 2019

The rapper/defensive guard will be joining the Houston Rockets in a deal between the Sacramento Kings, Houston Rockets, and Cleveland Cavaliers.

The Kings acquired Alec Burks from the Cleveland Cavaliers as part of that trade. The Rockets gave the Cavaliers Brandon Knight, Marquese Chriss, and a first-round lottery pick, in exchange for Nik Stauskas and Wade Baldwin. For Houston, they get the depth on the perimeter that they've been seeking for quite some time.

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The Shumpert deal was announced before the Kings hosted the Houston Rockets on Wednesday night. General manager Koby Altman traded Kyle Korver for Burks and two second-round picks. The Cavaliers will also continue to look elsewhere as they seek to rebuild a team that now stands at 11-43 on the year. Knight will be one of the many expiring contracts they're expected to have on the books next season.

Knight, Chriss and the first rounder are headed to Cleveland. In Barnes, the Kings get a 6-foot-8, seventh-year player who is averaging 17.8 points and shooting 39 percent from 3-point range in 48 games this season. Eyes will be on De'Aaron Fox, Willie Cauley-Stein, and Buddy Hield as the team moves forward in the season. Shump is averaging close to nine points per game in addition to three rebounds and two assists. Shumpert is also a fashion guy - another reason why he should fit well with Chris Paul and James Harden.

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