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Houston now has the 13th, 18th, 23rd selections
Rockets, Magic Swap First-Round Picks

HOUSTON, June 2 (AP) -- The Houston Rockets exchanged first-round draft picks with the Orlando Magic on Saturday, completing a complex transaction from 1999.

In the deal, Houston gets the 23rd pick in this year's NBA Draft and Orlando gets the 22nd pick.

As part of the trade, the Magic obtained the 18th pick in this year's draft from the Phoenix Suns and sent the choice to Houston.

The exchange was made because Orlando still owed the Rockets a first-round draft pick as part of a three-team, 11-player deal between Houston, Vancouver and Orlando.

It gives the Rockets the 13th, 18th and 23rd selections in first round of the 2001 NBA Draft, which will be held June 27 in New York.

In addition, the Magic obtained a conditional pick from Detroit that originally was Orlando's obligation to Toronto for signing Tracy McGrady.

That pick was sent by the Raptors to the Pistons in the Jerome Williams deal and was regained by Orlando for delaying notification that it would take the Phoenix pick this year. The delay allowed the Pistons to put off until 2002 accepting Vancouver's No. 1 pick, provided it is not among the top six. Without Orlando's help, Detroit would have had the pick this year.

The Pistons have until 2004 to send the pick to Orlando, and the conditions change yearly.
 
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