The Brooklyn Nets have agreed to a trade with the Houston Rockets, bringing K.J. McDaniels aboard.
The Brooklyn Nets have been one of the more active teams around the NBA Trade Deadline. After agreeing to trade Bojan Bogdanovic and Chris McCullough to the Washington Wizards on Wednesday for Andrew Nicholson, Marcus Thornton and a 2017 first round pick, they completed another deal on Thursday.
Today, the Nets acquired K.J. McDaniels from the Houston Rockets in what amounts to little more than a salary dump for the Rockets.
Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical was the first to report the deal between the Nets and Rockets.
With the deal, the Rockets will free up $3 million. They can use that money to facilitate other deals or to sign players that may hit free agency from buyouts and from being waived.
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McDaniels has been unable to find much traction on the court since being traded from the Philadelphia 76ers to the Rockets at the 2015 NBA Trade Deadline. McDaniels is very athletic and an intriguing player that has shown flashes when given a chance. He should receive that chance with the Nets.
The Nets are clearly rebuilding and are a good place for younger players looking for playing time. McDaniels should factor into their rotation right from the onset.
McDaniels is a strong defender, which should help get him playing time right away. He is also a good rebounder for a wing player, averaging 5.4 per 36 minutes in his NBA career. But, he struggles a big offensively.
McDaniels has made only 40.4 percent of his shots and shoots an underwhelming 29.2 percent from the three-point line. With that kind of production, McDaniels brings a lot of similarities to the table that Rondae Hollis-Jefferson does.
It would be very difficult for the Nets to play both McDaniels and Hollis-Jefferson together. While both are regarded as strong defenders, they bring almost nothing offensively, especially in the way of spacing the floor.
But, the Nets are in the asset collecting business in their rebuild. McDaniels could be a helpful piece down the road. His athleticism alone should get him a look, and if he can get a jump shot he can be a helpful player.
McDaniels could find some minutes with Bogdanovic out of the picture. Caris LeVert should step into the starting lineup for him, but McDaniels should have a role off the bench as the Nets will give him a shot to showcase his talents.