Over his seven-year National Basketball Association career, he has played in 394 games (320 starts) with Detroit, Milwaukee, Phoenix and Houston, holding averages of 14.9 points, 3.3 rebounds and 4.2 assists in 30.6 minutes per game.
The Kings will get Cleveland's Alec Burks in return, as part of a three-team deal with the Rockets and the Cavaliers. General manager Koby Altman traded Kyle Korver for Burks and two second-round picks.
However, given the team's horrendous performance this season, it figures to be among the bottom 10 in the league, barring a miraculous surge. The former North Carolina standout grew up in Houston and has appeared in 120 career National Basketball Association games (44 starts) since the Kings selected him with the No. 15 overall pick in 2017. They unloaded Knight ($14.6M) and Chriss ($3.2M), not to mention the $15.6M that Knight is owed next season. That willingness to take on what are perceived as bad contracts is part of the Cavaliers' rebuilding strategy, with the team hoping to acquire as many future draft picks as possible.
Knight has two seasons, including 2019, and about $30 million left on the five-year, $70 million deal he signed with the Suns.
Knight missed all of last season with a torn ACL.
As a fun twist to this trade, the Rockets were in Sacramento to play the Kings as the trade materialized, with Shumpert down the hallway from his new teammates.
Shumpert is the headliner in this deal and is a significant addition for the Rockets.