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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.


Since: Aug 29, 2008
Posted on: December 24, 2008 4:59 pm

Steve Francis traded to Memphis (UPDATE)

What was the point of this trade? The Rockets traded a player, cash and a 2nd round pick for a future 2nd round pick. Does that make any sense to anybody?

Since: Dec 21, 2006
Posted on: December 24, 2008 3:57 pm

Steve Francis traded to Memphis (UPDATE)

it takes a special kind of player to be a scoring point guard AND experience success at the pro level.  marbury, francis, and iverson all came out within a few years of one another, and although iverson took it farther than any of the others, the three of them haven't enjoyed a single championship and are often cancerous to team play.  they all had all the talent in the world, but one player just can't do EVERYTHING, no matter how much marbury or francis wants to, and they just won't allow anyone to help.

Since: Oct 8, 2006
Posted on: December 24, 2008 3:35 pm

Steve Francis traded to Memphis (UPDATE)

Wow, I didnt even know he was still on a NBA roster!

Since: Nov 20, 2006
Posted on: December 24, 2008 3:13 pm

Marbury/Francis could contend for a title.

Marbury and Francis should team up and contend for a title... however, the title they would contend for is the Utah high school girls state championship. 

Since: Feb 21, 2007
Posted on: December 24, 2008 2:40 pm

Steve "Franchise"...

Wow!  This dude is as overrated as a player, as anybody has seen in ages.

He never took the next step to become a superstar that he thought he was.

His work ethic sucks ASS!

Good luck Stevie... your stay in Memphis and the NBA is going to be short.

Since: Nov 8, 2006
Posted on: December 24, 2008 2:20 pm

Whatever happened too.....

Didn't this guy used to be good once?

Since: Sep 1, 2006
Posted on: December 24, 2008 1:51 pm

Steve Francis traded to Memphis (UPDATE)

  LOL, the spoiled brat gets his due. Enjoy Stevie "Franchise" Memphis.

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