Wednesday , Dec , 24 , 2008 Oly Sandor

A Grizzly return: Why Houston traded Steve Francis to Memphis

Ten years ago, Steve Francis was drafted by, and refused to play for, the Vancouver Grizzlies. Eventually, he was dealt. Today, he got traded back to the Memphis Grizzlies. Of course, Francis’ circumstances are very different. Back then he was the second pick in the NBA draft and a potential superstar. Currently, he is an injury-plagued veteran hoping for a comeback …


A Grizzly return: Why Houston traded Steve Francis to MemphisBreaking news mixed with analysis … 

Their News: ”The Grizzlies acquired Francis on Wednesday in a trade with the Rockets in exchange for a conditional second-round pick in 2011. The trade also calls for Memphis to re-acquire a 2009 second-rounder which it had dealt to Houston on draft day in June and for the Rockets, according to NBA front-office sources, to pay the remainder of Francis’ $2.6 million salary for this season.” (ESPN)

Our Very Quick Analysis: Ten years ago, Steve Francis was drafted by, and refused to play for, the Vancouver Grizzlies. Today, he got traded back to the Memphis Grizzlies.

Of course, Francis’ circumstances are different. Back then he was the second pick in the NBA draft and used his leverage to force a move. Currently, he is an injury-plagued veteran hoping for a comeback.

Credit Houston for making this swap. Francis, a fan favourite and former All-Star, was dealt partially out of goodwill, so he could have a chance to play and re-establish his career. The Rockets will get additional cap space to add another player before the deadline.

Meanwhile, nobody is sure what Francis will do in Memphis. ‘The Franchise’ has had his career derailed with injuries and hasn’t suited up since February because of knee troubles. Also, it remains to be seen how he’ll fit with emerging stars O.J. Mayo and Rudy Gay.

The Grizzlies are another opportunity for Francis to resurrect his career. Chances are, it’s his last one.

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