Brooklyn Nets acquire guard K.J. McDaniels from the Houston Rockets

NEW ORLEANS -- The Houston Rockets traded forward K.J. McDaniels to the Brooklyn Nets on Thursday just before the 3 p.m. ET trade deadline in a move, according to a source, to add salary-cap space.

McDaniels, who's 6-foot-6, 205 pounds, just couldn't get into coach Mike D'Antoni's rotation and played 212 minutes in 29 games. At the start of the season, D'Antoni wanted McDaniels to become a wing defender, but he struggled and fell behind Corey Brewer and Sam Dekker at small forward off the bench.

In the summer of 2015, McDaniels signed a three-year, $10 million contract as a restricted free agent with the Rockets. The objective was for McDaniels to get significant playing time, but that never occurred.