Grizzlies deal Tsakalidis to Rockets for Padgett

Updated: February 13, 2007, 8:42 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 had been averaging 2.3 points in 11.2 minutes 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. ...

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