Rockets swap F Padgett to Grizzlies for C Tsakalidis

HOUSTON (TICKER) —The Houston Rockets on Tuesday acquired some depth at center with the acquisition of Jake Tsakalidis from the Memphis Grizzlies in exchange for forward Scott Padgett.

The 7-2, 290-pound Tsakalidis is averaging 2.3 points and 2.8 rebounds in 23 games - seven starts - with the Grizzlies this season.

Tsakalidis, who is a Greece native in his seventh NBA season, has averaged 4.9 points and 4.0 rebounds in 302 career games with Phoenix and Memphis.

The 6-9 Padgett averaged 1.8 points and 1.9 rebounds in 24 games with the Rockets this season. He owns career averages of 4.2 points and 2.8 rebounds in 441 games over nine games with Utah, Houston and New Jersey.

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Updated Tuesday, Feb 13, 2007