MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - The Memphis Grizzlies have waived three-time All-Star Steve Francis.
The Grizzlies had acquired him from Houston in December in exchange for a 2011 conditional second-round draft pick.
Francis, a 6-foot-3, 210-pound guard, did not appear in a game for Memphis or travel with the Grizzlies, though he did occasionally practice with the team.
Grizzlies general manager Chris Wallace announced last week that
the team was working on a buyout of Francis' contract. The Grizzlies announced Tuesday that Francis was leaving.
The 31-year-old Francis averaged 18.1 points, 5.6 rebounds and 6.0 assists in nine seasons with Houston, the Orlando Magic and New York Knicks. He was an All-Star in 2002, 2003 and 2004.
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