Magic acquire point guard Rafer Alston from Houston in three-team deal

Orlando acquires Rafer Alston from Houston
Jameer Nelson undergoes season-ending surgery

Orlando, FL – The Orlando Magic has acquired point guard Rafer Alston from the Houston Rockets as part of a three-team trade, General Manager Otis Smith announced today. In the deal, the Magic sent Brian Cook to Houston, while Adonal Foyle, Mike Wilks and a 2009 first round draft pick were conveyed to Memphis. Smith also announced that Magic All-Star point-guard Jameer Nelson underwent season-ending shoulder surgery Thursday afternoon. The procedure, performed by Dr. James Andrews in Birmingham, Alabama, was successful and rehabilitation is estimated at four-to-six months. Nelson dislocated his right shoulder and suffered a torn labrum on Feb. 2 vs. Dallas.

“Rafer is a starting veteran point guard who shoots the ball well,” said Smith. “He gives us added depth and athleticism in the backcourt . We thank Brian, Adonal and Mike for all of their contributions and wish them all the best.”

Alston (6’2”, 175, 7/24/76, #1) has played in 48 games (all starts) this season for Houston, averaging 11.5 ppg., 5.4 apg., 3.0 rpg., and 1.2 stlpg. in 33.1 minpg. In his 10th NBA season, he is shooting .348 (80-of-230) from three-point range and has scored in double figures 28 times, including a season-high 23 points on January 21 vs. Utah. He’s led the Rockets in assists in 26 games this season.

Originally selected by Milwaukee out of Fresno State in the second round of the 1998 NBA Draft (39th overall selection), Alston has appeared in 590 games with four teams (Milwaukee, Toronto, Miami, Houston), averaging 10.2 ppg. and 4.9 apg. He has also appeared in 33 playoff games, with 11 starts. He saw action in 13 playoff games for the Miami Heat in 2004, and averaged 14.3 ppg. and 4.5 apg. in four postseason games last year for Houston. Considered a “playground legend” while growing up in Queens, New York, he coached the 16-and-under New York Panthers AAU basketball team during the 2008 offseason.

Cook has seen action in 21 games this year for the Magic, averaging 3.0 ppg. Foyle has seen action in five games, averaging 1.2 ppg. Wilks suffered a season-ending knee injury during the preseason.

For Orlando Magic ticket information, call (407) 89-MAGIC. Orlando returns to action Friday night at Charlotte, before returning home to play the Miami Heat Sunday at 5:30 p.m. at Amway Arena.