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K.J. McDaniels | Guard/Forward

Team: Houston Rockets
Age / DOB:  (22) / 2/9/1993
Ht / Wt:  6'6' / 205
College: Clemson
Contract: view contract details

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Rockets recall G/F K.J. McDaniels from the D-League.
Kevin McHale said he wanted McDaniels to get some valuable playing time in the D-League, but he's back with the struggling Rockets less than one week later. Nov 16 - 11:07 AM

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Rockets head coach Kevin McHale said he wants K.J. McDaniels to get some playing experience in the D-League.

McDaniels only played six minutes for the Rockets this season, so it makes sense for the team to try to get him some minutes in the D-League. "Just needs to get some games in," McHale said. "He's not getting much time in right now." McDaniels is a player to keep an eye on in dynasty leagues, but he's off the radar in most fantasy leagues right now.
Nov 12 - 9:44 AM

K.J. McDaniels has been assigned to Houston's D-League affiliate.

McDaniels has played a total of six minutes for the Rockets this season, and there's just no way he can become a steady rotation player in Houston while the team is healthy. Leave him on the wire.
Nov 11 - 1:18 PM

K.J. McDaniels scored a game-high 20 points against the Warriors during a 123-101 loss on Thursday, adding eight rebounds, one assist, one block and two 3-pointers.

Sixers fans can't be happy about this after he was dealt for Isaiah Canaan at the deadline last year. McDaniels is one of the most high-flying wings and can block shots with the best of them, but his offensive game is not NBA-ready yet. He won't be in the rotation while the Rockets are healthy.
Oct 16 - 12:45 AM

K.J. McDaniels accumulated 13 points, two 3-pointers, seven rebounds, five assists, two steals and two blocks in 26 minutes off Houston's bench on Wednesday.

It must be noted that McDaniels also committed five fouls, and he did his damage vs. a Dallas second unit that featured Brandon Ashley, Jarrid Famous, Maurice Ndour and Jamil Wilson. He never played more than nine minutes in a game for Houston last year (in their season finale) and won't have fantasy value while Trevor Ariza and Corey Brewer are healthy.
Oct 8 - 12:00 AM

K.J. McDaniels scored eight points with five boards, one assist and one steal in 12 minutes vs. the Grizzlies on Tuesday.

McDaniels was recovering from a non-displaced fracture in his right elbow this offseason, but he looked like he was 100 percent on Tuesday. The Rockets inked him to a three-year, $10 million deal, but he is still a project on offense and likely won't be in the rotation this season.
Oct 7 - 5:26 PM

K.J. McDaniels said that his elbow feels like it is 100 percent.

"I feel like it’s 100 percent," McDaniels said. "I still have to take care of my body and know my limit, but there is no limit." He added that he is still rehabbing the injury, but it should be noted that he has been cleared for all workouts. McDaniels does have some upside, but he will buried on the bench in Houston this season and won't be an option in standard leagues.
Sep 12 - 12:40 PM

K.J. McDaniels three-year, $10 million deal with the Rockets has a team option on the final year of the contract.

As previously stated, it'll take more than a few injuries for McDaniels to get into the rotation in Houston, so he's not going to be worth drafting in most leagues.
Jul 23 - 3:17 PM

The Rockets officially re-signed restricted free agent K.J. McDaniels on Tuesday.

As long as James Harden, Trevor Ariza, and Corey Brewer are healthy, it'll be tough for McDaniels to get any meaningful playing time in Houston. He's not going to be worth drafting in most leagues.
Jul 21 - 5:11 PM

K.J. McDaniels and the Rockets have agreed on a three-year, $10 million deal.

The deal reportedly doesn't include a player option. McDaniels' 2014-15 season ended with a fractured elbow but he'll be ready for training camp, where he'll vie for minutes in a crowded wing rotation that includes James Harden, Trevor Ariza, Corey Brewer, Marcus Thornton and rookie Sam Dekker. McDaniels wasn't a fantasy option after being traded to Houston last season and we don't expect reliable value this year, either.
Jul 19 - 2:33 PM

The Rockets would like to use their mid-level exception worth $5.4 million to sign K.J. McDaniels.

The two sides are currently in discussions, although the Pelicans have also expressed interest in McDaniels. He is a restricted free agent, so the Rockets will have the opportunity to match any other offer he receives, so it's looking like there's a good chance he'll remain in Houston (especially with the departure of Josh Smith). McDaniels will have zero fantasy value playing in Houston behind Corey Brewer, Trevor Ariza, and James Harden.
Jul 16 - 6:39 PM

The New Orleans Pelicans are reportedly interested in signing K.J. McDaniels.

McDaniels would make for an interesting high-upside player on the Pelicans, but there are also reports that the 22-year-old is interested in returning to the 76ers. We'll keep an eye on where McDaniels lands as his fantasy value has a wide range of outcomes depending on where he lands.
Jul 9 - 11:54 AM

The Rockets plan on matching offers for restricted free agent K.J. McDaniels this summer, but they could also look to trade him.

McDaniels showed some flashes when he was in Philly last season, but he disappeared after he was acquired by Houston. With Trevor Ariza, James Harden and Corey Brewer on the books in Houston next season, McDaniels isn't going to have any fantasy value if the Rockets retain him.
Jul 5 - 10:09 AM

The Rockets have extended a qualifying offer to K.J. McDaniels, making him a restricted free agent.

It'll be interesting to see what kind of deal McDaniels can fetch on the open market. The Rockets will be able to match any offer he receives, although they may be forced to let him walk if another team comes in with a poison pill type offer. McDaniels is capable of putting up some low-end fantasy value in the right situation, but if he's retained by Houston, he won't be worth drafting in most leagues.
Jun 30 - 3:25 PM

The Rockets hope to retain K.J. McDaniels during free agency this offseason.

McDaniels was posting some decent low-end value as a shot blocking specialist in Philadelphia during the first-half of his rookie season, however, after he was traded to Houston he rarely left the bench. McDaniels will be a restricted free agent this offseason, and it'll be interesting to see how his free agency pans out. If he remains in Houston, his fantasy value will be non-existent in most leagues.
Jun 21 - 5:29 PM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PG1Ty Lawson
2Patrick Beverley
SG1James Harden
2Jason Terry
3Marcus Thornton
SF1Trevor Ariza
2Corey Brewer
3K.J. McDaniels
4Sam Dekker
PF1Terrence Jones
2Donatas Motiejunas
3Montrezl Harrell
C1Dwight Howard
2Clint Capela