Grizzlies swap C Tsakalidis to Houston for F Padgett

Updated: February 13, 2007, 7:31 PM ET
Associated Press

MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- The Memphis Grizzlies traded center Jake Tsakalidis to the Houston Rockets on Tuesday in exchange for forward Scott Padgett.

The 7-foot-2 Tsakalidis averaged 2.3 points, 2.8 rebounds and 11.2 minutes in 23 games with the Grizzlies this season. He will give the Rockets a big man to help out with Yao Ming still out after breaking his right leg on Dec. 23.

"This is a good opportunity for Jake to have more playing time," said Jerry West, the Grizzlies' president of basketball operations. "He is a great person and a true professional, and we wish him well in the future."

Tsakalidis averaged 5.0 points and 4.2 rebounds in 51 games in 2005-06 with the Grizzlies. They traded for him on Sept. 30, 2003, from Phoenix and re-signed him in September 2004 after matching an offer sheet with Cleveland.

"I feel good," Tsakalidis said. "It's a good team and it's a good change for me."

The 6-9 Padgett averaged 1.8 points and 8.3 minutes in 24 games with Houston this season, and he averaged 3.4 points and 2.7 rebounds in 62 games with the New Jersey Nets last season.

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