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Friday February 20, 2009 12:19 PM

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Rockets acquire Lowry, Cook in three-team deal

Jason Friedman
Rockets.com Staff Writer

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Houston - Five minutes turned into ten. Then fifteen. Then half an hour. The media horde assembled at Toyota Center for Coach Adelman’s standard post-practice interview session was starting to get antsy.

On any other day, most of the masses probably would have packed up and left. But with the trade deadline quickly approaching, everyone knew better. Something was clearly cooking in Daryl Morey’s kitchen, but no one knew exactly what that might be.

Now they do.

In a deal submitted just before Thursday's 2 PM deadline, Houston acquired former Memphis Grizzlies point guard Kyle Lowry and Orlando forward Brian Cook. In return, the Rockets sent Rafer Alston to the Magic, with Memphis receiving a first round draft pick from Orlando.

The Magic also shipped center Adonal Foyle and Mike Wilks to Memphis in order to make the salaries work.

"We feel like we got better today," said Morey. "Upgrading [the point guard] position was a goal of ours heading into the deadline and we feel like we accomplished it.

"Kyle is going to be a guy the town really loves. He's a really tough competitor, uptempo player and a winner. He's someone we've had our eyes on for a few years. We feel like he's a player who can really fit well here and contribute. He's a very good defender, a good rebounder on both ends, can attack the hoop in the halfcourt or in transition and gets to the line. We feel like he's a young player who can help us now and who we can build around for the future."

A promising third-year player out of Villanova, Lowry is known as a ferocious defender who excels in an uptempo game. He is averaging 7.6 points and 3.6 assists per game this season while playing nearly 22 minutes per contest, and will team up with Aaron Brooks to anchor the club's point guard position. Morey said he'll leave the decision as to whom will start up to Coach Rick Adelman.

"We love Aaron's future and Kyle's future. We think both those guys can be guys we build around. Aaron's played better than anyone at that spot with the starters this year. They're two guys who give us great depth at that spot going forward and both have different skills that complement each other."

Cook, meanwhile, is a sweet-shooting forward who sports a .394 shooting percentage from beyond the three-point arc over the course of his six-year career; including a career-high 44% clip from downtown this season.

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