Cleveland Cavaliers complete three way trade with Kings and Rockets

"Cleveland and the Houston Rockets remained engaged late Tuesday on a deal that would bring Brandon Knight and the Rockets' first-round pick to Cleveland in exchange for Alec Burks, two league sources told The Athletic".

The Rockets made this deal to get Knight's contract off the books.

Cleveland will also send small forward and shooting guard Nik Stauskas and Wade Baldwin to the Rockets in this three-way deal. 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.

"Knight is due $15.6 million next season, which would give the Cavs another hefty expiring contract next year to perhaps flip again", Lloyd wrote.

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Just over a week ago, Chriss requested either more playing time or a trade from the Suns and it appears he has his wish.

The Cavaliers continue to stack up draft picks. They've essentially turned Korver into three drafts picks.

Burks averaged 11.4 points, 5.5 rebounds and 2.9 assists since joining the Cavaliers in November.

Today is the National Basketball Association trade deadline so it only makes sense that National Basketball Association general managers have been active when it comes to making deals. The Kings move Shumpert for a younger wing, but get to remain competitive, while the Cavs are in full asset-gathering mode and will happily take on a lotto-protected first to eat some salary in the form of Knight and Chriss. Shumpert is a free agent after this season, so they procure a pick rather than risk him walk away for nothing.

  • Lawrence Cooper