Rockets Acquire Terrence Williams from Nets
Jermaine Taylor Traded to Kings in Separate Deal
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HOUSTON - Houston Rockets General Manager Daryl Morey announced today that the team has acquired guard/forward Terrence Williams from the New Jersey Nets in exchange for a lottery protected 2012 first-round pick, which was part of a deal involving the Rockets, New Jersey Nets and Los Angeles Lakers. As part of the three-team trade, the Rockets also sent the Lakers the draft rights to Sergei Lishouk. In a separate trade, the team sent guard Jermaine Taylor and cash considerations to the Sacramento Kings for a conditional second-round draft pick.
"Terrence is a very talented and competitive player who allows us additional flexibility with our lineup," said Morey. "He has an all-around offensive game along with a defensive mindset and ability. He was a top target of ours in the 2009 Draft and he has the potential to be a key part of the Rockets future."
Williams (6-6, 220, Louisville) was selected by New Jersey in the first round (11th overall) of the 2009 NBA Draft. He played in 78 games (nine starts) as a rookie in 2009-10, averaging 8.4 points, 4.5 rebounds and 2.9 assists in 22.6 minutes per contest with the Nets. Williams finished fifth among rookies in double-doubles with eight, and was ninth among rookies in rebounds and assists. Named Eastern Conference Rookie of the Month in April 2010, Williams recorded his first career triple-double with a career-high 27 points, a career-high-tying 13 rebounds and 10 assists vs. Chicago (4/9/10).
This season, Williams has averaged 6.7 points, 3.6 rebounds and 3.1 assists in 20.6 minutes per outing over 10 games with New Jersey. He also averaged 28.0 points, 11.3 rebounds, 10.7 assists and 1.3 steals in a three-game D-League assignment with the Springfield Armor (11/27/10-12/5/10), tallying two 30-point performances and two triple-doubles.
Taylor (6-4, 210, Central Florida), who was selected by the Washington Wizards with the 32nd overall pick in the 2009 NBA Draft, had his rights acquired by the Rockets in a draft-night deal. In 39 career games (four starts) with Houston, Taylor averaged 4.3 points and 1.4 rebounds.