Just when it looked like the trade deadline had come and gone without any Daryl Morey magic, Isaiah Canaan and Alexi Shved were escorted out of Rockets’ practice signifying a deal(s) had indeed been finalized.
Canaan is on his way to the 76ers for K.J. McDaniels and a 2nd round draft pick, while Shved and a couple more picks were traded to the Knicks for Pablo Prigioni.
Because the trades occurred in the middle of practice players and coaches were not aware the details. Coach Kevin McHale proved this when he commented, “I haven’t gotten the full rundown. I just know that we traded Isaiah Canaan and Alexi Shved, and I think we got back Prigioni and C.J. McCullough.”
The media pointed out that it was K.J. McDaniel, not McCullough, he responded, “I knew we got somebody…It was during practice. I didn’t know who we did it for.”
“I thought Isaiah was a good player for us when he got a chance. He didn’t get a chance to play much for us, but he’ll get a chance to play a little more now,” McHale said. He went on to compliment Shved’s floor vision, but said that he did not fit with the Rockets.
Being even less informed of the trade details then McHale, James Harden declined comment on the specifics.
“He worked so hard, you know, and he went through, just like every other rookie goes through it,” Harden said of Cannan. “You play a little bit, you get an opportunity, then you gotta sit back and watch. As long as he continues to work, he will be all over it.”
While McHale acknowledged that dealing with the deadline, more specifically the rumors that accompany it, is difficult for players, Harden made no excuses. “Whatever is in the locker room is what we have to focus on. The new guys that come in, we gotta make sure they get adjusted very quick and get the pace going.”
The Rockets can begin to work on that pace when they travel to Dallas Friday to take on the Mavericks.
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