The season just got brighter, and warmer, for former Clemson University star wing K.J. McDaniels.
According to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports, moments before the NBA trade deadline this afternoon, McDaniels was traded from the Philadelphia 76ers to the Houston Rockets. In exchange for McDaniels, the 76ers received Isaiah Canaan and a second-round pick, Wojnarowski reported.
McDaniels led Clemson in scoring, rebounding, 3-pointers, blocks and steals last season before entering the NBA draft as a junior. The 76ers selected McDaniels in the second round, 32nd overall.
McDaniels appeared in 52 of the Philadelphia’s 53 games through the first half of the NBA season. McDaniels averaged 25.4 minutes, 9.2 points, 3.8 rebounds and 1.3 assists. He is tied for 26th in the NBA with 1.3 blocks per game.
Philadelphia managed a 12-41 record, the third lowest win total in the entire league. Conversely, Houston compiled an overall record of 36-17 through the first half. The Rockets stand fourth in the Western Conference but share the Southwest Division with Memphis, Dallas, New Orleans and defending champion San Antonio.
McDaniels may find more trouble cracking the rotation with a contender. Canaan is a point guard. His minutes will not automatically slide to McDaniels. The Rockets’ shooting guard-small forward rotation includes MVP candidate James Harden, Josh Smith, Trevor Ariza, Corey Brewer and Jason Terry. Each of those veterans average at least 21 minutes per game.