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MavsFanFinley
02-23-2006, 06:59 PM
Heat acquire G Derek Anderson from Rockets

February 23, 2006

MIAMI (Ticker) - Adding more veteran depth, the Miami Heat acquired guard Derek Anderson from the Houston Rockets on Thursday for rookie guard Gerald Fitch.

The Rockets also received a trade exception reportedly worth $1.9 million that the Heat acquired in the Steve Smith deal with Charlotte a year ago.

Anderson, 31, signed a two-year deal with Houston last summer after being waived by Portland under the amnesty program. He has a player option for $1.8 million next season that he almost certainly will exercise.

The Rockets believed Anderson could provide depth at both guard spots. But he has been hobbled by back and calf ailments the last two seasons and was not a part of the Rockets' rotation, having not played since December 14.

Anderson was averaging 10.8 points and 4.2 rebounds in 20 games this season, his ninth in the NBA. In 514 games with Cleveland, the Los Angeles Clippers, San Antonio, Portland and Houston, Anderson has career averages of 13.0 points, 3.6 assists and 3.4 rebounds.

"We feel very fortunate that we were able to acquire the services of a multi-faceted player in Derek Anderson, who we had interest in this summer before he signed with Houston," Heat president and coach Pat Riley said. "We feel that he will be able to play three positions for us, giving us added versatility in our quest for a championship."

Undrafted and signed during the season, the 6-3 Fitch averaged 4.7 points in 18 games with the Heat.

"This will be a great opportunity for him out there," Riley said.

aexchange
02-23-2006, 08:46 PM
what a spare.

Drbio
02-23-2006, 09:56 PM
Salary dump?

Nash13
02-23-2006, 10:06 PM
Watch out, Houston got Gerald Fitch.

chumdawg
03-04-2006, 10:57 PM
Just ran across a bit of trivia spawned by this trade. With Fitch, Keith Bogans, and Chuck Hayes, the Rockets now have 3/5 of Kentucky's starting lineup from the '03 season, marking the first time that an NBA club had three players from the same college basketball team.

TXSportsFan4
03-04-2006, 11:02 PM
Whats with Houston picking up all the Kentucky garbage? That '03 team wasn't even that great.

V2M
03-05-2006, 12:54 AM
Anderson won them the game tonight! With Wade out and Heat in significant early deficit, Anderson came in to score 14pts, 4reb, 3ast and 1stl in 23min.

MavsFanFinley
03-05-2006, 12:40 PM
Just ran across a bit of trivia spawned by this trade. With Fitch, Keith Bogans, and Chuck Hayes, the Rockets now have 3/5 of Kentucky's starting lineup from the '03 season, marking the first time that an NBA club had three players from the same college basketball team.

I'm so happy that Chuck Hayes found a team and that he's doing well for Houston. He just needed a chance to prove himself at this level.