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

Knicks acquire Taylor from Rockets, Rose from Spurs

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. The team also finalized a
deal for forward Malik Rose and conditional first-round draft choices in 2005
and 2006, sending center Nazr Mohammed and guard Jamison Brewer to the San
Antonio Spurs.

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
rebounds.

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.

Rose averaged 6.3 points and 4.6 rebounds in 50 games for the Spurs this
season. He was a member of the 1999 and 2003 NBA Championship teams in San
Antonio.

The draft picks acquired are San Antonio’s 2006 conditional first-round
selection and Phoenix’s conditional 2005 first-round selection originally
acquired by the Spurs on June 26, 2003 (in exchange for the draft rights to
Leandro Barbosa).

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.

Brewer averaged 1.7 points and 1.2 rebounds in 13 appearances for the Knicks
this season.

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

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

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