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Rockets Acquire Iman Shumpert
Posted: February 7, 2019 -- 10:03 p.m. CST
Tonight, the Houston Rockets made it offical and announced the acquisition of Iman Shumpert from the Sacrmaento Kings.
Houston Rockets General Manager Daryl Morey announced the team has completed a series of transactions, highlighted by the acquisition of Shumpert from Sacramento.
Shumpert (6-5, 220) was originally the 17th overall pick by New York in the 2011 NBA Draft. In 426 career games with 245 starts, he is averaging 7.4 points, 3.4 rebounds, 1.9 assists, and 1.15 steals in 25.4 minutes per game. Shumpert has received votes for the NBA’s All-Defensive Team in multiple seasons.
During his time with Cleveland, Shumpert played in three straight NBA Finals from 2015 through 2017, winning the championship in 2016. He is shooting 38% from 3-point range in 71 career playoff games.
Shumpert appeared in 42 games with 40 starts for Sacramento this season, averaging 8.9 points, 3.4 rebounds, 1.9 assists and 1.12 steals in 26.2 minutes per game. He is also averaging a career-high 1.8 3-pointers made and has already hit multiple 3-pointers 21 times this season after not doing so more than 24 times in any of his first seven seasons. Shumpert's 8.9 points per game is his highest scoring average since his rookie season with the Knicks in 2011-12, during which he played for current Rockets head coach Mike D’Antoni.
The Rockets completed a three-team trade with Cleveland and Sacramento with full details below:
In addition, the Rockets received the right to swap for the more favorable 2021 second round pick between their own and Philadelphia in exchange for forward James Ennis. Houston also traded the rights to Maarty Leunen along with assets acquired from today’s three-team trade (Baldwin IV, Stauskas, and Milwaukee’s 2021 second round pick) to Indiana in exchange for cash considerations.
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