Daryl Morey has yet to allow a trade deadline to pass without making a deal as Rockets general manager coming into Thursday. This trade deadline would be no different. Morey pulled the trigger to send guards Isaiah Canaan, Alexey Shved and three second-round picks for Knicks point guard Pablo Prigioni and Sixers wingman K.J. McDaniels.
Canaan and Shved were freed from the black hole that is the back end of the Rockets rotation. Houston "solved" its back up point guard problem by adding another 37-year old point guard. The Rockets also added another lengthy forward that will be a free agent this offseason, joining Josh Smith and Corey Brewer. But let us not dwell on the negative and think of the days when the Rockets had Kyle Lowry and Goran Dragic on the same team.
Pablo Prigioni brings 17 years of basketball experience in Argentina and Spain before joining the Knicks in 2012. Prigioni wore number 9 during his two-plus seasons in New York. If he does the same in Houston, he'll be the first player to wear 9 since Courtney Fortson and Jonny Flynn did in 2012.
K.J. McDaniels played three seasons at Clemson University, before being selected with the 32nd-overall pick in the 2014 draft by the 76ers. McDaniels wore number 14 with the Sixers, and wore 32 in college. He would be the first player since Tim Ohlbrecht in 2013 to wear 14 if he choices to go that route, and Francisco Garcia wore 32 this season for the Rockets before being cut.
Both will take physicals today and be ready to play for the Rockets as early as Saturday's game against Toronto.