"This is a trade that we all feel makes us a better basketball team for both now and in the future," [Knicks GM Isiah] Thomas said in a news release announcing the deal. "In Steve, we add an All-Star caliber player to our team without giving up core assets that are key to our future."
Francis had career averages of 19.7 points, 6.1 rebounds and 6.5 assists in 452 career games for the Rockets and Magic entering the 2005-06 season. He was the 2000 NBA Co-Rookie of the Year and was selected to start for the Western Conference All-Stars from 2002-2004.
"Acquiring a player of Steve's level and talent is very exciting for this team," [Knicks coach Larry] Brown said. "In him, we have added a veteran that could help us in many areas, and assist with our young players' development."
Steve Francis only played one season (his Junior year) at Maryland before turning pro. He transferred to Maryland from Allegany Community College, which you'll recall from previous posts, was the same Junior College that Steve Francis went to.