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It's Official: Rockets Land McGrady
Howard, Lue and Gaines also join the Rockets

June 29, 2004 - Houston Rockets general manager Carroll Dawson announced today that the team has acquired two-time NBA scoring champion Tracy McGrady, forward Juwan Howard, and guards Tyronn Lue and Reece Gaines from the Orlando Magic. The Rockets sent guards Steve Francis and Cuttino Mobley and forward/center Kelvin Cato to Orlando in the seven-player trade.

McGrady joins the Rockets after becoming just the ninth player in NBA history to win consecutive scoring titles, leading the NBA with a career-high 32.1 points per game during the 2002-2003 season and scoring a league-high 28.0 points per game this past season. In NBA history, only Wilt Chamberlain and Bob McAdoo won

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multiple scoring titles at a younger age than McGrady, who followed Kobe Bryant as the second-youngest player all-time to reach 10,000 career points.

A four-time NBA All-Star, the 25-year old guard leaves the Magic as the franchise’s all-time leader in both regular season and postseason scoring average, posting 28.1 points per game in 295 regular season games and scoring 32.0 points per game in 15 postseason games.

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  • Over the last four seasons, the seven-year veteran has earned All-NBA First Team honors twice (2002, 2003) and All-NBA Second Team recognition twice (2001, 2004). Overall, the 6-8, 210-pound graduate of Mount Zion Christian Academy has averaged 21.4 points, 6.4 rebounds, 4.1 assists, 1.32 steals and 1.17 blocks in 487 career games with Toronto and Orlando.


    Howard
    Howard comes to Houston after ranking second on the Magic with 17.0 points per game last season, while leading the team with 7.0 rebounds per game. The 6-9, 230-pound forward possesses career averages of 17.8 points (on .471 shooting) and 7.4 rebounds in 730 games with Washington, Dallas, Denver and Orlando. A graduate of the University of Michigan, Howard earned All-NBA Third Team honors and NBA All-Star recognition when he averaged a career-high 22.1 points during the 1995-96 season.


    Lue
    Lue averaged career highs of 10.5 points and 4.2 assists last season in Orlando. The 6-0, 178-pound Nebraska product established himself as a starter in his first season with the Magic after five years as a valuable reserve with the LA Lakers and Washington. Lue played on consecutive championship teams with the Lakers in 2000 and 2001.


    Gaines
    Gaines saw limited playing time last season as a rookie with the Magic, averaging 1.8 points in 9.6 minutes. Selected by Orlando with the 15th overall pick of the 2003 NBA Draft, the 6-6, 205-pound guard left Louisville ranked fourth in school history with 1,945 career points.

    Francis averaged 19.3 points, 5.5 rebounds and 6.2 assists in five years with the Rockets. Mobley posted averages of 17.1 points and 4.0 rebounds in six seasons with Houston. After two years in Portland, Cato averaged 6.2 points and 6.2 rebounds in five years with the Rockets.

    McGRADY CAREER STATS & NOTES
    YEAR
    TEAM
    G
    FG%
    FT%
    3P%
    REB
    AST
    PTS
    1997-88
    Toronto
    64
    .450
    .712
    .341
    4.2
    1.5
    7.0
    1998-99
    Toronto
    49
    .436
    .726
    .229
    5.7
    2.3
    9.3
    1999-00
    Toronto
    79
    .451
    .707
    .277
    6.3
    3.3
    15.4
    2000-01
    Orlando
    77
    .457
    .733
    .355
    7.5
    4.6
    26.8
    2001-02
    Orlando
    76
    .451
    .748
    .364
    7.9
    5.3
    25.6
    2002-03
    Orlando
    75
    .457
    .793
    .386
    6.5
    5.5
    32.1
    2003-04
    Orlando
    67
    .417
    .796
    .339
    6.0
    5.5
    28.0
    Career
    487
    .447
    .756
    .354
    6.4
    4.1
    21.4
  • Four-time NBA All-Star (2001, 2002, 2003, 2004)
  • In 2002-03, became the youngest player to average 30+ points per game since the NBA/ABA merger in 1976-77 and the youngest since Bob McAdoo (34.5 ppg) in 1974-75
  • Captured the NBA's Most Improved Player Award (2000-01)
  • Named to the All-NBA First Team in 2001-02 and 2002-03
  • Named the USA Today Player of the Year and the North Carolina state Player of the Year by The Associated Press after his senior year at Mount Zion Christian Academy