Rockets Acquire K.J. McDaniels

9:32pm: The trade is official, the Rockets have announced. The pick headed to the Sixers is the less favorable of Minnesota’s and Denver’s 2015 second-rounders.

3:23pm: The Sixers are trading K.J. McDaniels to the Rockets for Isaiah Canaan and a second-round pick, sources told Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports. It originally appeared as though Canaan was headed to the Knicks.

McDaniels is on a one-year contract for the rookie minimum, a product of an impasse in negotiations with the Sixers prior to the start of training camp. The 32nd overall pick in this past summer’s draft, he signed Philadelphia’s required tender, a non-guaranteed offer the Sixers had to extend to retain his draft rights, and he earned his place and then some on Philly’s roster, sticking past the leaguewide guarantee date to ensure he’d receive his full salary.

Canaan had an impressive training camp and averaged 24.4 minutes per game in November while starter Patrick Beverley missed time, but his playing time dried up quickly, and he’s played only a total of 37 minutes since New Year’s Day.

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9 thoughts on “Rockets Acquire K.J. McDaniels

  1. Z....

    Wow. If I was philly, I’d want more than that to move mcdaniels, even with him being a FA. He’s still a restricted FA

    • Thunda-Pig

      I thought that too. Cannon is ok but McDaniels is already a plus player on one side of the court, but a poor shooter. Their defense was good in Philly, but after losing him and MCW it will hurt.

      • Z....

        Houston has done a lot this year to improve defensively. That was a huge question mark for me before the season started. That being said, I feel like Houston doesnt play the way they should with their personnel, and therefore wont go as far as that team should be capable of in the playoffs. Offensively, I just dont see them being able to score much in the half court, when they never use Dwight Howard properly, and dont feed the ball inside at times. Nothing wrong with shooting a lot of 3s. Obviously, analytically, it makes a lot of sense to do that. I’m just saying they need to have better possessions

        • GoAstros00

          I don’t think Dwight fits in their system at all. He’s too talented to be a Bogut or a Deandre, who are both good at what they do, don’t get me wrong. Houston likes to run and gun and Dwight doesn’t fit in that.

          • Z....

            they should play more inside-out. You can still run and gun, but you need to be able to score in the half court

          • Thunda-Pig

            Offensively he does not fit but defensively they completely build their system around him as a rim protector and rely on him a lot.

        • Thunda-Pig

          I agree 100% with you. Defensively they have improved a ton this year and have added good defensive rotation players in Brewer, McDaniels, Smith (when he chooses) and prigioni. They need to change their half court offense to include more Howard post ups and pick and roles with harden and him even though Howard doesn’t like it.

          • Z....

            and when Dwight runs the floor, he needs to be fed the ball. He should score 8-10 points a game just by running to the front of the rim in transition

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