Kings, Cavs, Rockets complete trade
February 7, 2019
The Sacramento Kings have acquired guard Alec Burks and a 2020 second round pick in a three-team trade with the Cleveland Cavaliers and Houston Rockets.
In the trade, Sacramento receives Burks from Cleveland and a 2020 second-round pick from Houston, while the Rockets acquired guard Iman Shumpert from the Kings along with guards Nik Stauskas and Wade Baldwin from Cleveland.
Also in the trade, the Cavaliers received guard Brandon Knight, forward Marquese Chriss and a 2019 first round pick from the Rockets.
Knight (6-3, 195) has appeared in 12 games with Houston this season, averaging 3.0 points in 9.8 minutes per game. Over his seven-year NBA career, he has played in 394 games (320 starts) with Detroit, Milwaukee, Phoenix and Houston, holding averages of 14.9 points, 3.3 rebounds and 4.2 assists in 30.6 minutes per game. Knight, who played one year collegiately at Kentucky, was originally selected by the Detroit Pistons with the eighth overall pick in the 2011 NBA Draft and was named All-Rookie First Team in 2012.
Chriss (6-10, 240) has competed in 16 games for the Rockets in 2018-19, averaging 1.8 points and 1.8 rebounds in 6.5 minutes per game. He owns career averages of 7.9 points and 4.5 rebounds in 19.8 minutes per game over 170 contests (124 starts) with Phoenix and Houston. Chriss played collegiately at the University of Washington and was originally selected with the eighth overall pick by the Sacramento Kings in the 2016 NBA Draft before having his draft rights traded to Phoenix that night. He was voted All-Rookie Second Team in 2017.
Stauskas (6-6, 205) and Baldwin (6-4, 200) were acquired by the Cavaliers from the Portland Trail Blazers along with Portland’s own 2021 and 2023 second round draft picks in exchange for guard Rodney Hood on Feb. 4.
An eight-year NBA veteran, Burks has accrued averages of 9.8 points (.423 FG%, .358 3pt%, .771 FT%), 3.1 rebounds, 1.7 assists and 21.5 minutes per game in 416 contests with the Utah Jazz (2011-12 – 2018-19) and Cavaliers (2018-19). In 34 games (24 starts) for Cleveland this season, the former Colorado Buffalo averaged 11.6 points (.400 FG%, .378 3pt%, .806 FT%), 5.5 rebounds, 2.9 assists and 28.8 minutes per game.
Shumpert has posted 7.4 points (.394 FG%, .343 3pt%, .768 FT%), 3.4 rebounds, 1.9 assists, 1.1 steals and 25.4 minutes per game in 426 games (245 starts) with the New York Knicks (2011-15), Cleveland Cavaliers (2014-15 – 2017-18) and Sacramento (2017-19). Prior to the trade, the eight-season veteran averaged 8.9 points (.382 FG%, .366 3pt%, .829 FT%), 3.1 rebounds, 2.2 assists, 1.1 steals and 26.2 minutes in 42 games (40 starts) for the Kings this season.