Blog Entry

Steve Francis traded to Memphis (UPDATE 2)

Posted on: December 24, 2008 1:05 pm
Edited on: December 25, 2008 12:22 pm
 

Steve Francis will wind up with the Grizzlies, after all. Not the Vancouver Grizzlies -- the Memphis Grizzlies.

The Houston Rockets announced Wednesday they've dealt the injured former superstar to Memphis along with a 2009 second-round pick and cash. The Rockets get a conditional 2011 second-round pick.

The second-round pick going to Memphis was originally acquired from the Grizzlies in a 2008 draft night deal. Francis has not played for the Rockets this season after having surgery on a torn quadriceps tendon back in February. You may recall how Francis balked at playing for the Vancouver Grizzlies after he was selected with the No. 2 overall pick in 1999. His rights were traded to Houston in a three-team, 11-player deal.

More later as details become available.

UPDATED: Francis is in the final year of a two-year deal that pays him $2.6 million this season. That money would come off Memphis' books in July. For Francis, he gets a chance to get some minutes, test his knee, and decide if he can continue his career. For the Grizzlies, the deal was mostly about reaquiring their 2009 second-round pick, which went to Houston as part of separate deals in which Houston got Donte Green and Joey Dorsey

UPDATED Dec. 25, 12:23 p.m.: The cash involved in the deal is a nice holiday gift for Memphis. Houston pays Francis' contract plus a little more, a person familiar with the deal said. The maximum cash allowed to change hands in a trade is $3 million, so it sounds like Memphis got a little less than that.

Comments

Since: Dec 25, 2008
Posted on: December 25, 2008 4:17 pm
 

Steve Francis traded to Memphis (UPDATE 2)

It must be miserable for some guys who never managed to play any sports but get gratification by bashing others. I've notice that whenever that athlete is black, the comments are abundant. it makes me wonder if, their is jealousy from "white " males,  that minorities have seem to surpass them in majority of all sports (except maybe hockey).  Nobody seems to notice that the "Gunslinger" B. Farve, has been a bust for the last few years (oh! I will give him credit for a good year last year). He once again, has manage to give games away and put his team behind the eightball plus his teams playoff future comes against a player (C. Pennnington, Miami Dolphins) whom they gave away, so that he could be their so-called leader. Now where is the outcry, plus he is going to the Pro Bowl over such notables as the same C. Pennington ,and Phillip Rivers,  who actually the #1 rated quarterback in the AFC.  Sure Brett was a great QB, but now he is a interception waiting to happen, another washed up QB. Can you say Drew Bledsoe? If we are going to bash athletes, lets not bash one minority. And there are plenty of "white" athletes who deserve bashing!!!!!  



Since: Mar 3, 2008
Posted on: December 25, 2008 3:19 pm
 

Steve Francis traded to Memphis (UPDATE 2)

i always liked francis, i had heard that he was busting his butt trying to get back into shape and then i find out he gets traded. he was active and on the bench and everything, my guess is because brooks turned out to be decent they are going to stick with him and dumb francis since they have the option to now. don't like it, but understandable



Since: Mar 3, 2008
Posted on: December 25, 2008 12:19 pm
 

Steve Francis traded to Memphis (UPDATE)

As a Memphian and a Grizzlies fan I must say this is just typical. The team owners and management in Memphis are as messed up as our mayor and government! Will Memphis ever receive a break? Hello, MLB, NHL, NFL or better yet NBA hear our plea for some quality sports in this hungry little town!




Since: Aug 27, 2006
Posted on: December 25, 2008 10:52 am
 

Steve Francis traded to Memphis (UPDATE)

LOL I didnt evev know he was still in the league.



Since: Nov 27, 2007
Posted on: December 25, 2008 9:15 am
 

Steve Francis traded to Memphis (UPDATE)

sure doesn't make sense to me man... Maybe they just wanted to free up some roster space?



Since: Dec 24, 2008
Posted on: December 25, 2008 3:49 am
 

This trade might actually work....

Who knows? At least Steve Francis realizes he's not near the top of the NBA totem pole anymore where he could pick where he wanted to play(thats how he got out of playing for the Grizzlies the first time). Maybe he will have a resurgence in Memphis, and go back to being somewhere near the player he was when he was on the Rockets. Plus, if Francis does not regain his old form whatsoever, the trade will still be pretty good since the Grizzlies are also receiving a second round draft choice and Francis's contract will be up pretty soon. So, kudos to the Grizzlies for making this smart trade.




Since: Sep 1, 2006
Posted on: December 25, 2008 2:40 am
 

Steve Francis traded to Memphis (UPDATE)

To me

This deal Looks like that Rockets just don't want to pay Francis any more, so pay for Grizzlies to get him out. Grizzlies is also happy to take some cash and second round pick home.

OKAY, Good deal for Grizzlies, they got nothing to lose and everything to gain.

For Rockets, It sounds like that just a stop lose trade  




Since: Dec 21, 2008
Posted on: December 25, 2008 2:38 am
 

Steve Francis traded to Memphis (UPDATE)

Didn't Francis and Marbury team up for the Knicks a couple years back? Yeah that worked out well! I don't think they'd make it to the finals of the girls state championship either though! Those two together are the only guys I know who can play a 2 on 2 game as teammates and neither one register an assist...



Since: Dec 24, 2008
Posted on: December 25, 2008 1:50 am
 

A Long Time Ago

Yeah, when Steve Francis was the Houston Rockets he was a pretty good player. Like most players who get traded there, Francis fell apart when he went to the Knicks.




Since: Nov 5, 2008
Posted on: December 25, 2008 1:02 am
 

It's ok, Memphis fans

Um.... I'm glad they got they're second round pick back?

It's ok, there's a 12% chance he actually plays in the NBA again. You won't have to worry about him playing and/or disrupting the team's chemistry. Still... 2.6 million's a lot to pay for a second round pick.


The views expressed in this blog are solely those of the author and do not reflect the views of CBS Sports or CBSSports.com