Thursday , Feb , 24 , 2005 C.Y. Ellis

Houston, Milwaukee complete deal

Houston, TX (Sports Network) – The Houston Rockets acquired guard Mike James
from the Milwaukee Bucks on Thursday for fellow guard Reece Gaines.

According to the Houston Chronicle, to make the deal work financially, the
Rockets also sent their trade exception to Milwaukee for center Zendon
Hamilton, whom they will release.

The paper also stated that the Rockets will now likely place guard Bob Sura
on the injured list with a sore back and waive Rod Strickland, who started
Houston’s last two games.

James, who had been coveted all season by Houston, gives the Rockets depth
at the guard position and relieves Milwaukee of the $7.1 million remaining
on his contract.

In 47 games this season for the Bucks, the 30-year-old James averaged 11.4
points and 3.9 assists.

Gaines, meanwhile, has been on the injured list since January 16 with left
patella tendinitis. He has appeared in just 10 games for the Rockets this
season and is averaging 2.6 points-per-game.