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Pelicans get Asik from Rockets, who land Ariza

<p>The New Orleans Pelicans have acquired 7-foot center Omer Asik and forward Omri Casspi from the Houston Rockets in a three-team trade, the team announced Tuesday.</p>

New Orleans, LA (SportsNetwork.com) - The New Orleans Pelicans have acquired 7-foot center Omer Asik and forward Omri Casspi from the Houston Rockets in a three-team trade, the team announced Tuesday.

The Pelicans traded guards Alonzo Gee and Scotty Hopson and a protected first- round 2015 draft pick to the Rockets and big man Melvin Ely to the Washington Wizards.

The Rockets also acquired forward Trevor Ariza from the Wizards as part of the deal. Over the weekend it was reported that Ariza was signing a four-year, $32 million deal with Houston.

Asik, a four-year NBA veteran from Turkey, spent the past two seasons with the Rockets after breaking into the league backing up Joakim Noah in Chicago.

He averaged a double-double in 2012-13, posting 10.1 points and 11.7 rebounds while starting all 82 games, but saw his role diminish this past season after the Rockets signed Dwight Howard.

Asik's minutes were slashed from 30 per game in his first season with the Rockets to 20.2 this past season. He made just 19 starts.

Casspi, who is from Israel, averaged 6.9 points and 3.7 rebounds over 71 games in his only season with Houston after spending two years each with Sacramento and Cleveland.

The deal will potentially give New Orleans three consecutive seasons without a first-round pick it kept since selecting Anthony Davis No. 1 overall in 2012.

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