Alston Headed To Magic Before Trade Deadline

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HOUSTON (AP) - The Houston Rockets traded point guard Rafer Alston to Orlando and acquired Magic forward Brian Cook and Memphis guard Kyle Lowry on Thursday, two people with knowledge of the deal told the Associated Press.

Memphis also receives the Magic's first-round draft pick as part of the deal, said the people, who requested anonymity because the trade had not been announced by any of the teams.

The three-team swap comes one day after Rockets star Tracy McGrady announced on his web site that he'll have season-ending microfracture surgery on his troublesome left knee.

The Magic, meanwhile, needed an experienced point guard after Jameer Nelson suffered a potentially season-ending shoulder injury on Feb. 2.

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