They seem to have found some of that in the form of Iman Shumpert, as Houston has reportedly agreed to a three-team deal that will bring the veteran guard to the Rockets from Sacramento, with the Cavs getting involved as well. The Rockets are sending Brandon Knight, Marquese Chriss and a lottery protected 2019 first-round pick to Cleveland.
Knight, Chriss and the first rounder are headed to Cleveland. Stauskas and Baldwin were acquired in a deal with Portland on Sunday that sent Rodney Hood to the Trail Blazers.
The Rockets will also send a second-round pick to the Pacers in the deal. Shumpert, known for his defensive prowess, has been hitting a near-career-best 36.6 percent of his career-high 4.8 3-point attempts per game.
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The two astonishing numbers were the top-line jobs number - 312,000 new jobs - and the 11 cent rise in average hourly earnings. Meanwhile, the increase in unemployment also was the result of more workers coming off the sidelines to join the job hunt.
The 26-year-old Barnes, who has a $25 million option for next season, played in the Mavericks' 99-93 home victory over the Charlotte Hornets on Wednesday. They also save about $6.1 million in tax payments this season and get off the $15.6 million Knight is owed next season. After trading Kyle Korver to the Utah Jazz for Burks and a pair of second-round picks in late November, they've now flipped Burks for a first-round pick.
This is the third time Stauskas and Baldwin have been traded in the last week.
The Cavaliers continue to stack up draft picks. In Sacramento, he averaged 8.9 points, 3.1 rebounds, and 2.2 assists. Shumpert is a free agent after this season, so they procure a pick rather than risk him walk away for nothing. Here are NBA Trade Grades for all three teams.