NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- Looking to solidify their bench and protect their perch atop the Western Conference, the New Orleans Hornets have acquired swingman Bonzi Wells and guard Mike James in a three-team trade that sent veteran guard Bobby Jackson to Houston.
The Hornets also sent rookie guard Adam Haluska and second-year forward Marcus Vinicius to Houston. The Rockets then shipped Vinicius, the rights to Malick Badiane and cash to Memphis in exchange for the rights to Sergei Lishouk.
New Orleans and Houston agreed to exchange second-round draft
picks if the Hornets' second pick is higher than Houston's.
The Hornets also received cash from Houston so that the combined salaries of James and Wells would not exceed Jackson's salary by more than the NBA mandated threshold of 25 percent.
New Orleans now has two open spots on their 15-player roster, allowing them to pursue P.J. Brown. The free agent and former Hornets power forward is mulling offers from several contending teams as the stretch run of the regular season begins.
New Orleans also is interested in center Chris Anderson, who was suspended for drug use in 2006 but recently applied for reinstatement.