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Steve Francis
PG/SG - 6'3, 210lbs - 47 years old - 9 years of NBA experience
Retired - Retired after 2011 season
  • Birthdate: 02/21/1977
  • Drafted (NBA): 2nd pick, 1999
  • Pre-draft team: Maryland
  • Country: USA
  • Hand: Right
  • Agent: -
1999 NBA DraftNBADrafted 2nd overall by Vancouver.
27th August, 1999NBAAs a part of a three team deal, draft rights traded by Vancouver to Houston, along with Tony Massenburg, and along with Makhtar Ndiaye, Lee Mayberry, Roderick Rhodes and Michael Smith to Orlando, in exchange for Michael Dickerson, Othella Harrington, Brent Price, Antoine Carr and a 2003 first round pick (#13, Marcus Banks) from Houston, and a 2002 second round pick (#45, Matt Barnes) from Orlando.
15th September, 1999NBASigned four year, $14,124,581 rookie scale contract with Houston. Included team option for 2002/03.
7th September, 2001NBAHouston exercised 2002/03 team option.
26th August, 2002NBASigned a six year maximum value extension ($86,310,000) with Houston. Included early termination option after 2007/08 season.
28th June, 2004NBATraded by Houston, along with Cuttino Mobley and Kelvin Cato, to Orlando in exchange for Tyronn Lue, Tracy McGrady, Reece Gaines and Juwan Howard.
22nd February, 2006NBATraded by Orlando to New York in exchange fo Trevor Ariza and Penny Hardaway.
2007 NBA DraftNBATraded by New York, along with Channing Frye and a 2008 second round pick (#36, Omer Asik) to Portland in exchange for Zach Randolph, Fred Jones, Dan Dickau and the draft rights to Demetris Nichols (#53).
11th July, 2007NBAWaived by Portland.
19th July, 2007NBASigned a two year, $5,073,813 contract with Houston. Included player option for 2008/09.
8th May, 2008NBAExercised 2008/09 player option.
24th December, 2008NBATraded by Houston, along with a 2009 second round pick (#36, Sam Young) and cash, to Memphis in exchange for a protected 2011 second round pick (not conveyed).
27th January, 2009NBAWaived by Memphis.
23rd November, 2010ChinaSigned a one year contract with Beijing Ducks.
26th December, 2010ChinaReleased by Beijing Ducks.
Career Moves
1996 - 1997San Jacinto (Junior College)
1997 - 1998Allegany College (Junior College)
1998 - 1999Maryland (NCAA)
June 1999 - August 1999Vancouver Grizzlies (NBA)
August 1999 - June 2004Houston Rockets (NBA)
June 2004 - February 2006Orlando Magic (NBA)
February 2006 - June 2007New York Knicks (NBA)
June 2007 - July 2007Portland Trail Blazers (NBA)
July 2007 - December 2008Houston Rockets (NBA)
December 2008 - January 2009Memphis Grizzlies (NBA)
November 2010 - December 2010Beijing (China)
Articles about Steve Francis

March 19, 2013

Steve Francis - Francis runs a small record label, Mazerati Music, and also occasionally takes a turn on the mic himself. Here's a song of his called "Finer Things," which is either an attempt to educate the youth of today of how the fragility and vapidity of material possessions is heightened in a time of great economic upheaval, or the complete opposite.

Shouldn't sing your own hook, Steve.

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March 13, 2011

Steve Francis - 3 games, 3.7 mpg, 0.7 ppg, 1.0 rpg, 0.0 apg, 0.0 spg, 0.0 bpg, 1.3 TOpg, 25% FG, 0% 3PT, 0% FT

[...] Beijing's other imports have been guards, but they have not been successful. They started with Steve Francis, in a saga best explained here. As the numbers can attest to, it didn't end well. Francis was replaced by perennial NBA-cusper Joe Crawford, but he too struggled, and has been released, replaced by ex-NBA player Orien Greene. Greene has yet to make his debut.

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January 5, 2011

Steve Francis - As mentioned previously, Francis started this season in China, signing a big money contract with the Beijing Ducks and seemingly beginning something of a comeback. But it turns out that it wasn't. In three games with Beijing, Francis totalled (not averaged - totalled) 11 minutes, 2 points and 4 turnovers. And here are those two points.

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For comparison's sake, Beijing's other import Randolph Morris averages a league leading 30.4 points, plus 11.7 rebounds per game. Even Sun Ming-Ming and his 2.0 points per game average managed to outperform Francis. And Sun has done it without any bird flipping.

In addition to doing absolutely nothing on the court, Francis had other problems. The long term knee injury that has robbed him of his athleticism remains, joined by a concurrent ankle problem that saw him play 17 seconds while wrapped in ice. Furthermore, Francis drew a fine and a "serious warning" from the league for flipping off the refs whilst on the bench, in protest to a foul call he didn't like. And here is that gesture.

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Francis then failed to attend Christmas Day practice, left at half time during a game after being DNP-CD'ed in the first, and eventually was asked to leave the team. Ironically, he turned up to practice to announce his departure.

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December 15, 2010

Whilst it is impossible to provide particularly accurate or complete salaries for CBA imports, it doesn't take much Googling to see the massive disparity between the Chinese millions and the D-League crumbs. The $60,000 monthly salary limit the CBA had on imports last year has been removed, and spending has quickly skyrocketed; Francis's $800,000 deal is far from being the biggest.

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February 24, 2010

- Steve Francis

Francis last played in the NBA in December 2007. After Portland waived him immediately after acquiring him in the Zach Randolph deal - they decided they would rather have paid Steve $28 million to go away than to have Zach Randolph - Francis signed a two year deal for slightly over $5 million with the Houston Rockets. He played in only 10 games for the team, however, and shot only 33%. He was then salary dumped onto Memphis partway through his second season (in turn gaining Memphis the pick later used to draft Sam Young), and was waived, ne'er to return. The last reports come from last summer, which said that Francis was working hard at the IMG Academy, trying to get right for one last go around. But the athletic skills have gone, leaving Francis having to rely on smarts and skills. And, harsh as it sounds, he never had a lot of those.

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December 5, 2009

Last Christmas Eve, the Houston Rockets traded Steve Francis and a 2009 second round pick to the Memphis Grizzlies in exchange for a conditional 2011 second round pick. I remember this trade specifically because I totally called it.

The deal was made to help Houston dodge the luxury tax. And it worked, because they did. By dumping Francis's $2,634,480 salary onto the Grizzlies, the Rockets saved themselves that much again in luxury tax savings, as well as picking up a $2,911,756 rebate from not being a luxury tax payer. The amount of money they saved was more than enough to justify giving the Grizzlies enough cash to pay Francis's remaining salary for the remainder of the season, and by returning the Grizzlies's 2009 pick to them - one which they had previous acquired in the draft night 2008 three way trade that saw Memphis move up for Darrell Arthur - the Rockets found sufficient incentive for the Grizzlies to help them. For the Grizzlies, they were essentially given a free pick; they were given a player that they didn't want, but also enough money to pay his salary without him ever turning up, and they got a 30's pick for their troubles. All they had to do was sacrifice some cap space that they weren't going to use anyway.

(The 2011 pick is irrelevant; it is top 55 protected, and only for that season. So if Memphis pick in the bottom 25 of the NBA that year, which they will, then Houston gets nothing. The pick was only included because Memphis had to give up at least something, however arbitrary.)

(Also, the pick Houston gave to Memphis to save this $5.6 million was the #36, which Memphis then used to draft Sam Young. Houston later bought the #32 from Washington for $2.5 million. So in a way, they traded a player on their inactive list in exchange for moving up 4 spots and gaining $3.1 million. Not bad work.)

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