Rockets Acquire Iman Shumpert, Kings Get Alec Burks In Three-Way Trade

Rockets Acquire Iman Shumpert, Kings Get Alec Burks In Three-Way Trade

The deal comes just hours after the Kings sent guard Iman Shumpert to the Houston Rockets in a three-team trade that netted them Alec Burks from the Cleveland Cavaliers.

The Cavaliers will receive the contract of Brandon Knight, Marquese Chriss and a lottery protected first round pick in 2019.

There's quite a bit happening here for all sides.

It's a deal that makes sense for all parties involved.

Having started 40 games, he was the team's primary perimeter defender.

Knight and Chriss were acquired by Houston in the Ryan Anderson salary dump over the offseason. The Cavaliers will also continue to look elsewhere as they seek to rebuild a team that now stands at 11-43 on the year. After trading Kyle Korver to the Utah Jazz for Burks and a pair of second-round picks in late November, they've now flipped Burks for a first-round pick. They appear to have landed one the night before the trade deadline, which is Thursday at 3 p.m. ET.

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He also comes with an expiring contract.

Knight, Chriss and the first rounder are headed to Cleveland. The Cavaliers have Ante Zizic and Larry Nance center, with Kevin Love potentially returning this season.

Houston had been looking for a 3-and-D guard since losing Trevor Ariza via free agency over the summer.

The move will likely lead to Bogdan Bogdanovic sliding into the starting backcourt next to De'Aaron Fox and Buddy Hield, with Burks coming off the bench for an added scoring punch.

He entered the day averaging 17.8 points and 4.3 rebounds a game for Dallas, where he has spent the past two-plus seasons after beginning his pro career with the Golden State Warriors.

Houston has struggled to replace the void left by Trevor Ariza and Shumpert is a player with championship experience from his time playing with LeBron James and the Cavs.

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