Rockets add depth, trade for Kings’ Iman Shumpert

Ruben Holloway
February 9, 2019

The Cavs receive Brandon Knight, Marquese Chriss and a protected first-round pick from Houston in the trade, according to terms reported by Shams Charania and Adrian Wojnarowski. He's also shooting 36.6 percent on 4.8 3-point attempts per game. Randolph, 37, is averaging 14.5 points and 6.7 rebounds per game in 59 games (57 starts) this season. The Rockets are in the midst of a push for a deep playoff run and Shumpert's perimeter defense should lend a helping hand. With Shumpert making $11 million this season on an expiring contract, the trade will also free Houston from paying the $15.6 million Knight is owed next season. The Cavs acquired them from the Trail Blazers for Rodney Hood on Monday, and now they've been dealt twice in the last 24 hours. They've essentially turned Korver into three drafts picks.

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