The Vancouver Grizzlies completed a three-team, 11-player trade involving guard Steve Francis last night, ending a brief but acrimonious relationship between the Grizzlies and the former Maryland standout they drafted second overall.
The Houston Rockets obtained the rights to Francis in the deal, which also involved the Orlando Magic. Although Francis's agent, Jeff Fried, said his client would have played for the Grizzlies had a trade not been completed, Francis was clearly pleased to be joining a team that includes Hakeem Olajuwon, Scottie Pippen and Charles Barkley.
Grizzlies General Manager Stu Jackson said the relationship between the team and Francis, who left Maryland after his junior season, was irreparable. Jackson said Francis and Fried made it clear that Francis did not want to play in Vancouver under any circumstances.
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