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Houston Rockets acquire Shumpert in 3-team trade

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THE HOUSTON Rockets acquired guard Iman Shumpert on Wednesday night in a three-way trade that involved the Sacramento Kings and Cleveland Cavaliers, according to a report from ESPN.

The Rockets also landed guards Nik Stauskas and Wade Baldwin from Cleveland in the deal. Both players joined the Cavaliers two days earlier in a trade that sent Rodney Hood to the Portland Trail Blazers.

The Kings, who gave up Shumpert, will receive guard Alec Burks from the Cavaliers in the deal.

Cleveland is set to receive guard Brandon Knight, forward Marquese Chriss and a protected 2019 first-round pick from the Rockets.

Shumpert, 28, could become a key bench player for the Rockets as they pursue a deep run in the Western Conference playoffs. He averaged 8.9 points, 3.1 rebounds and 2.2 assists in 42 games (40 starts) for Sacramento this season.

Burks, 27, spent his first seven-plus seasons with the Utah Jazz before the Cavaliers acquired him in November in a deal that sent Kyle Korver out west. Burks is averaging 10.6 points and 4.2 rebounds in 51 games (24 starts) this season.

Cleveland will bring in Knight, 27, and Chriss, 21. Knight appeared in 12 games off the bench for the Rockets, averaging only 3.0 points, while Chriss averaged 1.8 points in 16 games during his first season in Houston after two years with the Phoenix Suns. — Reuters