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The Cavs are getting Brandon Knight and Marquese Chriss, two players the Rockets acquired last summer from the Phoenix Suns.

SACRAMENTO -Two people with knowledge of the deal tell the Associated Press that Houston, Sacramento and Cleveland are finishing a trade that will most notably send Iman Shumpert from the Kings to the Rockets. Stauskas (6-6, 205) and Baldwin (6-4, 200) were acquired by the Cavaliers from the Portland Trail Blazers along with Portlands own 2021 and 2023 second round draft picks in exchange for guard Rodney Hood on February 4. He averaged just under 10 points per game with the Kings this season. The Cavs also send Nik Staukas and Wade Baldwin to the Rockets (both expiring contracts).

The Kings acquire a scoring option off the bench in Burks that could figure into the rotation as they look to make a playoff push.

Taliban: Half of USA troops to leave Afghanistan by May 1
Fawzia Koofi , one of two women invited to Moscow , said the Islamist militants would "have to adapt to a modern Afghanistan". The delegation will be led by Mohammad Abbas Stanikzai, former head of Taliban's Qatar office.

Rockets point guard Chris Paul said he was excited about adding Shumpert's defensive mentality to the team.

For a team still stuck in the early stages of what will likely be a lengthy rebuild, Thursday's 3 p.m. trade deadline looms as a reminder of what was and what could be. "And somebody like that, I can play with any day of the week". "He is playing very, very well this season, so once he gets here, get a couple of practices in and let's go". The energy, it was done.


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