Houston has traded K.J. McDaniels to the Brooklyn Nets, league sources tell @TheVertical.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojVerticalNBA) February 23, 2017
Unloading McDaniels to the Nets frees $3M in cap space to use on the buyout market for Houston.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojVerticalNBA) February 23, 2017
We’ve been awaiting word of K.J.’s exact fate since earlier this week, when it was reported that the Rockets were actively shopping the 24-year-old swingman, though it was assumed he would be used as a sweetener for some type of larger deal.
Unfortunately, the Rockets found no takers on a more substantial move, with their overtures for the Cavs’ Iman Shumpert fizzling upon Cleveland’s demand for Patrick Beverley in return.
It’s an unceremonious end to McDaniels’ Rockets career, and though many had high hopes for the youngster’s development when he came over from the 76ers in 2015, he never did mature enough for significant playing time, despite occasionally flashing his athleticism and defense.
McDaniels played in 76 games as a Rocket, starting 1, while averaging just 2.4 points and 1 rebound in just a hair over 6 minutes per game for his Houston career. He shot just 41 percent from the field and 29 percent from three, and his lack of a reliable shot and inability to contribute much offensively ultimately sealed his fate in H-town.
Good luck, K.J.