The Rockets have acquired 24-year old shooting guard Courtney Lee from the Nets and they have sent 25-year old SG/SF Trevor Ariza to the Hornets as part of a 4-team, 5 player trade. The Pacers have acquired point guard Darren Collison and small forward James Posey from the Hornets in this deal and the Nets have acquired power forward Troy Murphy from the Pacers to finish up this deal. So the Rockets have essentially acquired Lee for Ariza. Lee played in 71 games (66 starts) for the Nets last season and he averaged 33.5 minutes, 12.5 points, 3.5 rebounds, 1.7 assists and 1.3 steals per game. He has now played in 148 games (108 starts) in his two years in the NBA and he has averaged 29.1 minutes, 10.3 points, 2.9 rebounds, 1.4 assists and 1.1 steals per game. Lee will probably swing between shooting guard and small forward for the Rockets. Trevor Ariza played in 72 games (71 starts) in his 1 year with the Rockets and he averaged 36.5 minutes, 14.9 points, 5.6 rebounds, 3.8 assists and 1.8 steals per game. He only shot 39.4% from the floor and Lee will certainly shoot better than that in 2010-11. I like this deal for the Rockets as Lee is cheaper than Ariza and just as good as him if not better.
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