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The Dish: Magic nab Rockets' Alston in last-minute deal

By David Aldridge, TNT analyst
Posted Feb 19 2009 9:59PM

Just before the deadline, a three-way deal was consummated between Orlando, Houston and Memphis that sent Rockets guard Rafer Alston to the Magic, with Memphis guard Kyle Lowry and Orlando forward Brian Cook going to the Rockets.

Memphis also received center Adonal Foyle, guard Mike Wilks and the Magic's first-round draft pick in the deal.

The move is big for the Magic, which has been reeling since the shoulder injury to starting point guard Jameer Nelson that is likely to keep him out the rest of the season. Alston has been a starter in Houston the past two seasons and brings toughness and defense most every night, but the Rockets believe that second-year guard Aaron Brooks is their point guard of the future and have been looking to move either Alston or Luther Head for the past few months.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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