Scottie Pippen's brief stint with the Houston Rockets is over, just eight months after it began.

In a six-for-one deal, Pippen will be traded today to the Portland Trail Blazers, the Associated Press learned.

The deal, first reported earlier this week by media outlets in Houston and Portland, will send the disgruntled Pippen to Portland for Kelvin Cato, Stacey Augmon, Walt Williams, Ed Gray, Brian Shaw and Carlos Rogers.

It's a mixed blessing for Pippen, who wanted out of Houston but would have preferred to go to the Lakers so he could be reunited with Phil Jackson, his coach in Chicago when Pippen and the Bulls won six championships.

KRIV-TV in Houston reported last night the deal is imminent, and two league officials, speaking on condition they not be identified, told the AP the deal will be done today.

It comes just days after Pippen went public with negative remarks about the Rockets and his teammate in Houston, Charles Barkley.

The Rockets could not be reached for comment, and a Blazers spokeswoman said she had no knowledge of an impending trade. Pippen's agent, Jimmy Sexton, could not immediately be reached.

The Blazers had to give up six players to make the trade work under NBA salary cap guidelines. Pippen will make more than $14 million this season, and Portland had to put that amount of salaries together.

Despite parting with so many players, Portland didn't give up a starter. Pippen will join Steve Smith and Detlef Schrempf as additions to an improved Trail Blazers team that made it to the Western Conference finals last season.