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Calvin Watkins: Also, 6 teams are interested in KJ McDaniels and no word on the market for Josh Smith as yet.
Eric Pincus: The Houston Rockets made Patrick Beverley and KJ McDaniels restricted free agents @BBallInsiders: 10 more rumors
Before then, the Rockets will move to free agency. Morey described the plan to sign his own free agents – Pat Beverley, Josh Smith, KJ McDaniels, Jason Terry and Corey Brewer – as “most likely” unchanged, though he could kick the tires on much larger, roster-changing moves. “I think there’s possible opportunities we have to explore that are bigger, but I think they’re unlikely,” Morey said. “It’s probably likely we’ll stay over the cap and use our mid-level.”
If the Rockets add two rookies to next season’s roster (they also have the second pick of the second round), they could have as many as six first- or second-year players. KJ McDaniels will be a free agent, but the Rockets hope to sign him. The Rockets do want to bring back Kostas Papanikolaou, but Rockets vice president Gersson Rosas said “a decision has not been made” about whether to exercise their option on the second year of his contract or to try to sign him again as a free agent. But Morey said he would not hesitate to add two more first-year players, even if the Rockets keep all of last season’s rookies. “We’re not worried about how many young players we have,” Morey said. “I think it’s good to have a mix of veterans and young players.”: 1 more rumor
Mark Berman: KJ McDaniels expected to be RFA with Rockets qualy offer. Signed one year deal with Philly: “I looked at it as being confident, knowing what my worth was. Just trying to be the best I can be and prove that I belong. Just being n the gym every day showing my commitment to the team and hopefully it’s here n Houston”
Jonathan Feigen: The beat goes on. Rockets w/ another injury in season-finale. KJ McDaniels injured his wrist. Likely fractured. Likely out for playoffs. Obviously, McDaniels was not likely to play in the post-season. But it is remarkable. Rockets with injuries from the second to last games.
Not 100 percent sure. Before the trade an agent told me (KJ McDaniels) could get around $3 to $4 million. I don’t know if that number changed because of his lack of playing. However, I do think if he develops a jump shot, he’ll become a star in this league. … He probably won’t get too much action the rest of the season because he’s behind a lot of solid players.
McHale said McDaniels, 22, obviously needs seasoning. “As with most young guys he is not a finished product,” McHale said. “He is a guy we will see what he does and see what he needs to work on and will develop a program for him, and we will try to see if we can make him the best basketball player he can be.” Also in Dallas, former Sixers coach and current SMU coach Larry Brown indicated that the Sixers have taken a strong liking to Emmanuel Mudiay. The 6-foot-5 point guard, 18, had committed to SMU before deciding to play in China.
Mark Berman: KJ McDaniels on trade to Rockets: “I feel like it’s a blessing to be here.I can go in & learn from the veterans & play my part,play defense. I feel like it’s a great opportunity for me with them getting me. I will put in my all every day. To be on a team w/the caliber of those players, it’s great for me. I can learn a lot from them. That’s definitely a blessing to B on a playoff-contending team that could possibly win a ring.I feel like I can help out. I try to have an all-around game. I try to get better defensively. It definitely wins a lot of games.”
Houston Rockets General Manager Daryl Morey announced today that the team has acquired K.J. McDaniels and Pablo Prigioni in trades with the New York Knicks and Philadelphia 76ers. In exchange for McDaniels, the Rockets sent Isaiah Canaan and a 2015 second round pick to Philadelphia. Houston held the lesser of the 2015 Minnesota Timberwolves and Denver Nuggets second round picks, and will convey it to Philadelphia as part of the deal. In exchange for Prigioni, the Rockets sent Alexey Shved and their 2017 and 2019 second round picks to New York.
Luc Richard Mbah a Moute: Sad to see @Michael Carter-Williams and @KJMcDaniels leave…Good luck to you both. Bright future ahead of you young guns !
Jason Richardson: Good luck to my bros @KJMcDaniels & @Michael Carter-Williams. I hate to see the young fellas get traded but they are both going to great situations.
Adrian Wojnarowski: Philadelphia has traded K.J. McDaniels to Houston for Isaiah Canaan and a second round pick, league source tells Yahoo Sports.
K.J. McDaniels might be more effective coming off the bench for now. “I’m still trying to figure that out myself,” the 76ers rookie guard said. “I’m just going out there trying to not do too much and try to let the game come to me.”
The Philadelphia 76ers’ K.J. McDaniels has performed well enough to garner serious consideration for the NBA’s Rising Stars game during the All-Star Weekend, despite the event’s new format causing his status to be put into question around the NBA, league sources told RealGM.
The Philadelphia 76ers may be represented in some capacity during All-Star Weekend in New York City, but it will not be in the dunk contest. According to a source, Sixers rookie shooting guard K.J. McDaniels has chosen not to participate in the 2015 Sprite Slam Dunk contest. McDaniels had been preparing possible dunks for the contest in lieu of receiving an invitation, but in the end decided against competing.
Fans are excited about K.J. McDaniels. None more than his mother. His mom, Shawn Chapman McDaniels, was in the news earlier this season when she went off on Twitter about the Sixers tanking. During the Sixers third win of the season (96-88 over the Magic), Chapman McDaniels was in the stands yelling and booing and taking selfies with fans.
That particular skill has translated brilliantly to the NBA level, where McDaniels succeeds the aforementioned Wade and James as one of the most awesome and surprising help-side shot blockers in the league. The jewel of his rejection résumé might just be the play of the season to date: A complete demolition of a Greivis Vasquez runner, rocketed into the stands at such a violent velocity as to cause actual injury. “I surprised myself,” McDaniels said of the block. “There was a lady who got hit by the ball who got a concussion, I believe.” McDaniels, upon hearing what happened, sent flowers.
“I’m transitioning,” McDaniels said. “I do a lot of film watching when I’m not playing. I do a lot of talking to my dad, because he played. I watch a lot of video of myself and other players just to see what I can improve on defensively and offensively. It’s just a lot of extra time and studying film and knowing personnel. It’s just an everyday thing for me. I’m asking questions.”
” [I’m] just using my length, using my athleticism – keep a hand above the ball and keep one below it,” McDaniels said regarding his shot-blocking technique against potential jump shooters. “I’m trying to be second off the floor. That’s what Coach Brown is preaching to us all the time – just trying to be second of the floor and get a good contest. And as bad as I do want those blocks, I have to play smart and not let [opponents] get me up off my feet and pick up cheap, easy fouls. It’s just being smart, as well as trusting yourself and trusting your athletic ability.”
Among all rookies, the 2014 ACC Defensive Player of the Year has logged the sixth-most minutes per game (24.0) and has averaged the third-most points (10.2 PPG), ninth-most rebounds (3.2 RPG), and is tied with teammate Nerlens Noel for most blocks (1.3 BPG). That last number, more than any other, has turned heads around the league. In the last 20 years, only three players 6’6” or shorter have averaged at least 1.3 blocks per game – Clarence Weatherspoon, Vince Carter, and Dwyane Wade. All three did so while logging 30+ minutes per game, while McDaniels has maintained that pace despite playing 24.0 minutes per game. In fact, among players who’ve averaged at least 20 minutes per game, he’s blocked the most shots per 36 minutes (1.9) of any his height since Julius Erving in 1983-84.