The Brooklyn Nets have acquired K.J. McDaniels from the Houston Rockets, Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical reports.
Houston has traded K.J. McDaniels to the Brooklyn Nets, league sources tell @TheVertical.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojVerticalNBA) February 23, 2017
As of now, it’s unsure if the Nets sent anything back — Randy Foye, Luis Scola, etc — but Wojnarowski notes that the move was made to help the Rockets get into the buyout market. Should somebody like Andrew Bogut hit the open pool, moving McDaniels for nothing should benefit them there.
For the Nets, they get a nice flier on McDaniels and he’ll slot into the open spot made by waiving Marcus Thornton yesterday.
Bobby Marks, the Nets’ former front office employee, notes this:
The Nets will likely send back a future protected 2nd rd. pick (31-55) to facilitate the trade.
— Bobby Marks (@BobbyMarks42) February 23, 2017
Since he was drafted in 2014, McDaniels has yet to find his NBA niche, an early victim of Sam Hinkie’s asset hoarding, but has shown glimpses of potential. He hadn’t broken into the Rockets’ rotation this season under Mike D’Antoni, but, in his rookie year, he averaged 9.2 points over 25 minutes per game for Philadelphia.
The Nets’ roster is now full.