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Longtime Hornet traded for two Rockets

NEW ORLEANS -- The New Orleans Hornets, having struggled to
a 2-24 start, traded longtime shooting guard David Wesley to the
Houston Rockets for 13-year veteran Jim Jackson and Bostjan
Nachbar, team officials said Monday.

"Jim and Bostjan are going to fit well into our system and
should be able to help us with their offensive skills," Hornets
general manager Allan Bristow said in a statement released by the
team.

"We're optimistic that the addition of these two players and
the return of some of our injured players will give us a great
boost on the court."

Jackson, who plays both shooting guard and small forward, holds
career averages of 15.2 points, 4.9 rebounds and 3.4 assists. The
6-foot-6 journeyman has spent time with Dallas, New Jersey,
Philadelphia, Golden State, Portland, Atlanta, Cleveland, Miami and
Sacramento in addition to Houston, where he signed as a free agent
before last season.

Nachbar was selected by the Rockets with the 15th overall pick
in the 2002 NBA draft. The 6-9 Slovenian forward averaged 2.8
points and 1.4 rebounds in his first two seasons with Houston and
had averaged 3.1 points and 1.9 rebounds in 16 games with the
Rockets this season.

The Hornets were in Indiana for a Monday night game with the
Pacers. Jackson and Nachbar were expected to go directly to New
Orleans and join the Hornets for their next home game Wednesday
night against Phoenix, team spokesman Harold Kaufman said.

Houston's next game is Tuesday night in Milwaukee.

Wesley played for the Hornets since the opening of the 1997-98
season, compiling averages of 14.7 points and 4.6 assists.

He is the franchise's all-time leader in games started and ranks
in the top three in 12 other categories.

He had averaged 13.9 points and 4.2 assists in 26 games with the
Hornets this season.

To make room on the roster for Jackson and Nachbar, the Hornets
waived injured guard Alex Garcia and forward Lonny Baxter.

Wesley grew up in Texas and played in college at Baylor.