Houston, Cleveland and Sacramento completing a three-way deal that will send Iman Shumpert to the Rockets, league sources tell ESPN.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) February 7, 2019
Cleveland will send Nik Stauskas and Wade Baldwin to the Rockets in the three-way deal, league source tells ESPN. Cavaliers acquired those two guards in Sunday's trade with Portland that sent Rodney Hood to the Blazers.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) February 7, 2019
In the trade, the Rockets will deal Marquese Chriss, Brandon Knight and a 2019 lottery-protected pick to the Cavaliers. Alec Burks, who was rumored to be heading to the Rockets, will become a member of the Kings.
The jewel of this trade for Houston is Iman Shumpert. The 28 year-old shooting guard is averaging 8.9 points per game this season in 40 starts, the most since his rookie year.
In his eight-year career, Shumpert has played for the Knicks, Cavaliers and Kings. He has also played in three of the last four NBA Finals, which should provide Houston with some more valuable playoff experience.
Shumpert will add to the wing arsenal as a 3-and-D option for Houston, which the Rockets cannot have enough of.
Nik Stauskas and Wade Baldwin IV were members of the Portland Trail Blazers a week ago, but have now been dealt twice in the past four days. The pair were acquired by the Cavs after sending Rodney Hood to Portland, and are now Rockets after Chriss and Knight were sent to Cleveland. However, it is uncertain whether either will factor into the Rockets’ future.
Neither will likely be a part of the Rockets’ rotation for the rest of the season, but the team might hold on to one or both of them.
There’s still a lot of time before the deadline is over, and knowing Daryl Morey and the Rockets, anything can happen!