Rockets send Gay, Swift to Memphis for Battier
Houston, TX (Sports Network) – The Houston Rockets officially traded
forwards Rudy Gay and Stromile Swift to the Memphis Grizzlies for forward
Shane Battier on Wednesday.
Gay was chosen by Houston as the eighth overall pick out of Connecticut in
the 2006 NBA Draft. He appeared in 64 career games for the Huskies, posting a
scoring average of 13.6 points. As a sophomore, the 6-9, 220-pounder was named
an All-Big East First Team selection, and an NABC All-America First Team and
Associated Press All-America Second Team member.
“We acquired one of the very best prospects from this years draft,” said
Grizzlies president of basketball operations Jerry West. “Even though he is a
very young player at 19, the talent of this young man is phenomenal and we are
hopeful people will enjoy watching this special kind of athlete. With the
addition of Rudy, Stromile, and our other draft picks, this will be a year
that will create opportunities for our young players to play and our veterans
to share their insight and experience.”
Swift played for the Grizzlies for the first five seasons of his pro career.
He averaged 8.9 points per contest last season.
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.