Thursday, February 23, 2006

Steve Francis New York Trade

The New York Knicks has acquired the three-time NBA All-Star from the Orlando Magic on Wednesday, traded for Trevor Ariza and Penny Hardaway. This deal will pair Francis with Stephon Marbury as the Highest-paid backcourt duo in the NBA. Over the next three seasons Francis will be owed $49 million by the Knicks, while Hardaway’s $ 15.75 million contract comes off the cap at the end of this season. Ariza, who fell out of favor with Knicks coach Larry Brown, was averaging only 4.6 points in 36 games for New York. Francis was suspended by the Magic before he was reinstated following a meeting with Coach Brian Hill and team executives. He was on trading block since refusing to reenter a game against Seattle on January 11. Francis was averaging a career low 16.2 points this season, a drop of more than five points from last season. On Tuesday he turned 29. Francis had career averages of 19.7 points, 6.1 rebounds and 6.5 assists in 452 career games for the Rockets and Magic entering the 2005-06 season. "Acquiring a player of Steve's level and talent is very exciting for this team," Hall of Fame Coach Brown said. "In him, we have added a veteran that could help us in many areas, and assist with our young players' development." As Backcourt players, it is to be seen how coach will put together, two players of the same talent Steve Francis and Stephon Marbury. Will they get along sharing the sane backcourt? One must wonder what would happen when these players share the same backcourt. Francis is prone to such mood swings and slumps, it is very difficult to measure how he will fit with Marbury. But before we come to any conclusion it is good to sit back and watch. One hopes the Knicks would return to its superiority on the court, hopefully with Steve Francis experience and ability on the basketball court.

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