Thursday , Jun , 29 , 2006 C.Y. Ellis

Rockets to send Gay to Memphis for Battier

Houston, TX (Sports Network) – The Houston Rockets have reportedly agreed to
trade forward Rudy Gay, their first-round draft pick from Wednesday night, to
the Memphis Grizzlies for forward Shane Battier.

The Houston Chronicle reports the Rockets will also send power forward
Stromile Swift back to Memphis in the deal. The newspaper reports the trade
cannot become official until July 12 because of Battier’s contract status. He
has five years and $32 million left on his pact.

Battier averaged 10.1 points and 5.3 rebounds per contest last season, his
fifth in the NBA after being drafted out of Duke in the opening round by
Memphis in 2001.

Gay was chosen as the eighth overall pick out of Connecticut. He appeared in
64 career games for the Huskies, posting a scoring average of 13.6 points.

Swift played for the Grizzlies for the first five seasons of his pro career.
He averaged 8.9 points per contest last season.