Friday , Jul , 20 , 2007 C.Y. Ellis

Francis set for return to Rockets

Houston, TX (Sports Network) – Steve Francis, who played his first five NBA
seasons in Houston, is set for a return to the Rockets.

The Houston Chronicle reports Francis, whose contract was bought out by
Portland last week, will rejoin the Rockets. An announcement is expected

Francis was traded to Portland from the New York Knicks along with Channing
Frye in exchange for Zach Randolph, Dan Dickau and Fred Jones in a draft night
trade on June 28. The Trail Blazers bought out the remaining two years of
Francis’ contract for almost the full price, paying more than $30 million of
the $34 million owed to Francis over the next two years.

The former All-Star became a free agent after he cleared waivers. Francis
averaged a career-low 11.3 points per game in New York last season, well below
his career average of 18.4 points per game. He played for Houston from