Jan 28, 2015; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia 76ers guard K.J. McDaniels (14) misses a dunk after he was fouled during the fourth quarter of the game against the Detroit Pistons at the Wells Fargo Center. The Sixers beat the Pistons 89-69. Mandatory Credit: John Geliebter-USA TODAY Sports
NBA 2015 Trade News: Full Wrap Up of 2015 Trade Day:
Houston Rockets: 36-17
With a glut of starting point guards changing addresses the one team who may have needed one the missed out. They didn’t get Goran Dragic or Reggie Jackson nor did they end up with one of the many young point guards who switched addresses. And, if it weren’t for Andre Miller heading to Sacramento, Houston could have laid claim to trading for the oldest point guard traded at the deadline. Instead they got , but they did pick up a back up point guard and a young shooting guard with a high ceiling.
Despite his best efforts Rocket GM Daryl Morey wasn’t able to swing a deal to bring either of his preferred choices to Houston. Further he was either unwilling to part with the existing assets it would take or give away future high draft picks to land other available guards.
The day wasn’t a complete wash though as he did manage to bring in talented rookie shooting guard K.J. McDaniels from the Sixers at relatively low cost (depending on how much you had invested in Isaiah Canaan). Coming to Houston from Philadelphia McDaniels is long and lean with a high ceiling and a great REPEAT great defender. The 6’6″ McDaniels rookie was selected 32nd in the 2014 summer draft. With James Harden occupying the starting shooting guard spot on an MVP pace I assume coach Kevin McHale will play K.J. as a back up to Harden and possibly at the small forward to give Trevor Ariza some rest.
Leaving Houston in return for McDaniels is the young talented point guard Isaiah Canaan who the team had big hopes for. If Canaan becomes a true talent in the league it will yet again add to the number of point guards Morey has traded away (Goran Dragic, Kyle Lowry, Jeremy Lin, Rafer Alston and Aaron Brooks ). The other piece of the trade Philly receives is the second round draft pick Houston acquired from Denver
And adding to Morey’s growing point guard trade total is Alexey Shved who was off loaded to New York in exchange for veteran Pablo Prigioni. Houston also send their 2017 and 2019 second round draft picks to New York.
Prigioni is a capable back-up, although he’s logged minutes also as a starter. The 37 year old Argentinian is in his third NBA season having played most of his career in Europe. He’s averaged 18.5 minutes with 4.7 points, 1.9 rebounds 2.4 assists and 1.2 steals per game. While he isn’t fleet of foot, he is a capable three-point shooter, and while he is shooting 37.4% this season, last year he shot 46.4% from beyond the arc.
— Houston Rockets (@HoustonRockets) February 20, 2015
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