Thursday , Mar , 18 , 2004 C.Y. Ellis

Rockets sign Oakley to 10-day deal

=== Rockets sign Oakley to 10-day deal ===

Houston, TX (Sports Network) – The Houston Rockets Thursday signed 18-year
veteran Charles Oakley to a 10-day contract. Oakley will take the roster spot
of forward Kelvin Cato, who was placed on the injured list with a left
shoulder sprain.

Oakley, who ranks 17th on the NBA’s all-time rebounding list with 12,200, has
not played in a game this season after spending the 2002-03 campaign with
Washington. The 40-year-old averaged 1.8 points and 2.5 rebounds in 42 games
for the Wizards last season.

In 1,275 career games with Chicago, New York, Toronto and the Wizards, Oakley
has averaged 9.7 points, 9.6 rebounds and 1.06 steals.

Cato has started 64 of 65 games this season and is averaging 6.1 points, 7.0
rebounds and 1.37 blocks.