KJ McDaniels Rumors

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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.”
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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.”
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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.”
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.
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] 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.”
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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.