The Heat and Rockets reached agreement Thursday on a deal that includes Anderson, an eight-year veteran guard, and rookie guard Gerald Fitch, and may involve trade exceptions held by the teams. The trade was awaiting league approval, two sources told ESPN.com.
The Rockets had been trying to trade Anderson since acquiring Keith Bogans in a trade with Charlotte. Anderson was averaging 10.8 points in 20 games for the Rockets after missing more than half the season with knee and calf injuries. He averaged double digits in scoring in each of his first eight seasons, his best year coming in 1999-00 when he scored 16.9 points for the Clippers. Anderson also played for Cleveland, San Antonio and Portland.
Fitch appeared in 18 games for the Heat as the third-string point guard behind Jason Williams and Gary Payton. He averaged 4.7 points and 1.8 rebounds. With the Rockets, Fitch will fill the reserve point guard spot formerly held by Moochie Norris, who was traded to the Hornets last week for Maciej Lampe.