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

Knicks acquire Taylor from Rockets

New York, NY (Sports Network) – The New York Knicks acquired forward Maurice
Taylor from the Houston Rockets on Thursday in exchange for forward Vin Baker,
guard Moochie Norris and a 2006 second-round pick.

Taylor, who is currently on the injured list with the flu, is averaging 7.8
points and 4.3 rebounds in 38 games this season for the Rockets. The six-year
NBA veteran came into this season with career averages of 12.7 points and 5.0

Baker and Norris have seen limited action with New York this season. Norris
averaged 2.6 points and 1.1 assists in 32 bench appearances, while Baker
averaged 1.4 points and 1.5 rebounds in 24 games this season.

Reports on Thursday also have the Knicks acquiring a first-round pick and
forward Malik Rose from the San Antonio Spurs in exchange for center Nazr
Mohammed and reserve guard Jamison Brewer.

Mohammed has played in 54 games with the Knicks this season and is averaging
10.9 points and 8.1 rebounds. Brewer has spent most of the year on the injured
list, but has played in 18 games.

Rose has scored 6.3 points in 50 games, while grabbing 4.5 boards a game.

The Knicks are sending $5.5 million in future salaries to the Spurs in the
deal in exchange for the four-years $27.3 million remaining on Rose’s

In the Houston deal, New York sent $8 million in contracts to the Rockets in
exchange for $18 million.