HOUSTON - Oft-injured guard Steve Francis was traded from the Houston Rockets to the Memphis Grizzlies yesterday for a conditional second-round draft pick in 2011.
The Grizzlies also get cash and get back a second-round pick for 2009. That pick originally belonged to Memphis; it was acquired by the Rockets during last year's draft, part of the deal that brought forward Donte Greene to Houston. Greene was later traded to Sacramento as part of the trade that brought Ron Artest to the Rockets.
The 6-foot-3 Francis has not played this season, though he remained a fan favorite from his previous stint with the team from 1999 to 2004. He was an all-star three straight seasons (2002-04) and regarded as one the game's best young guards at the time.
The 31-year-old Francis has career averages of 18.1 points, 6.0 assists and 5.6 rebounds, but he hasn't played a full season since 2004-05 with Orlando. He was traded to New York during the 2005-06 season and played only 38 games for the Knicks the next year because of knee and ankle injuries.
He re-signed with Houston in July 2007, but played in only 10 games during the 2007-08 season after tearing a quadriceps tendon in his right knee. He underwent surgery in February 2008 and never regained his old form.
Former Villanova star Randy Foye made his mark Tuesday with 16 rebounds - the most ever by a Minnesota Timberwolves guard.
"I think I had 15 a couple times in college, but never in the NBA," said Foye, who also scored 26 points in the loss to San Antonio. "I want to apologize to Al Jefferson and Craig Smith for stealing all their rebounds."
Foye's 16 rebounds were one more than Wolves guard Isaiah Rider had in a 1996 game against Miami.
Suns add Brown.
Phoenix signed Dee Brown, ending its search for another backup point guard.
This season, Brown appeared in 17 games, the last 11 as a starter, with Washington before being released two weeks ago to make room on the roster for trade acquisitions Mike James and Javaris Crittendon.
The Illinois product was drafted by Utah in the second round in 2006 and appeared in 49 regular-season games as a rookie for the Jazz. He played the 2007-08 season with a team in Turkey.
After seeing his streak of 15 straight double-doubles end Tuesday night, Utah forward Paul Millsap is questionable for tomorrow's game vs. Dallas with a hyperextended left knee.
One of the NBA's biggest surprises this season, Millsap has been starting for the Jazz in place of Carlos Boozer, who has missed 18 straight games with a strained quad tendon and will not play Friday. Starting center Mehmet Okur is also listed as questionable after missing Tuesday's game with back spasms.