Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Steve Francis Traded to Memphis

No doubt you already heard about it while I was on vacation last week, but Steve Francis (1998-1999) has been traded from the Houston Rockets to the team that originally drafted him in 1999, the Memphis Grizzlies. From the Houston Chronicle:
The Rockets traded Francis to the Memphis Grizzlies on Wednesday in a deal that was little more than a salary dump to create space under the luxury-cap threshold. After having surgery to repair a torn quadriceps tendon in his right knee on Feb. 26, Francis never was able to get back into shape and crack the Rockets' rotation. He has not appeared in a game this season. [..]

The Rockets trimmed $2.634 million off their payroll with the trade.

Francis is returning to the Grizzlies franchise that originally made him the No. 2 overall pick in the 1999 draft when the team was located in Vancouver. When he said he would not play in Canada, the Rockets obtained him in a three-way deal that also involved the Orlando Magic.

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