Steve Francis considering Lakers

Chron.com: Steve Francis, who has gone from the “Franchise” to a free agent, could be ready to bring his career back to where it began.

Hours after Francis agreed to have his contract bought out by the Portland Trail Blazers, his agent, Jeff Fried, began talks with several teams — including the Rockets — to find him a home.

“There is no secret Steve has a strong affinity for Houston and for the Houston Rockets,” Fried said. “We’re talking to a number of teams. Steve has some thinking to do.”

Fried said Francis, 30, is considering the Rockets, Mavericks, Heat, Lakers and Clippers, all of whom he said have shown interest or have been receptive to pursuing Francis.

The Rockets have five point guards under contract (not including Bob Sura, who is expected to retire.) But Fried said that if the team reshapes its roster through a trade, there could be a place for Francis in Houston.

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  • That’s Right

    Fuck Steve Francis!

  • tamakin

    dont even consider it mitch.. we already got fish.. now go after KG you bastard

  • KB24withKG21

    ferget steve francis!

  • Ira

    No way!!! He would not fit in well with us besides we have D-Fish coming in again…concentrate on bringing in bigs Lakers FO.

  • Cyrus

    No, Steve,Please, please, do NOT consider Lakers. We have enough problems. Thanks, but no thanks.

    If you like to live in LA, fine, just go to Clippers. That is a match made in heaven.

    Portland Blazers paid him $30.-Mil to just go away, now we have to pay him to play for us???? That’s a NO NO.

  • magic32

    Lets get him but we cant give fisher 13 million. Then when lakers acquire franchise lakers should propose a trade to the clippers for corey maggette. it will give the lakers a solid play who can put in 20 pts just taking 12 shots and for the clippers they will get franchise since they are pretty much the frontrunners for him and then they will lose maggette for mike dunleavy since they dont have the best of a relationship just like marbury and brown.

  • shortdiezel

    either Fish or Francis.. we don’t need both.. just one or the other.. and then we need a big man

  • Mastarockafella

    We dont need him…we need KG. Cmon Mitch!

  • lakersforlife77

    No…..just no. We don’t need an ego like his plaguing our team, he’ll take shots away from kobe and he will cost us games. He hasn’t been good ever since the rockets traded him. Let the clips have him or sumthin.

  • http://myspace.com/crunklilgangsta Kenny

    he gooood and would be good on the team but we already got fish

    i think francis will ign for cheap bcuz he jut got 30 mil maybe he will ign for like 3 mil …

  • gugy

    dammit, is KG coming or not. I hate to wait the whole F•ckin summer.

  • Kevin McHale

    Look,
    You people don’t understand the in’s and out’s of the business or basketball for that matter. I’m not about to sit here and give your city a dynasty. I’ve dealt with “Magic” and his boys, and I’m not going to hand the Lakers the best player in the league. Why don’t you people continue dreaming about Garnett because thats all it’ll ever be.

  • lakersforlife77

    [quote comment="7263"]dammit, is KG coming or not. I hate to wait the whole F•ckin summer.[/quote]

    Well I would expect to wait til february because I don’t see them trading garnett anymore for our current deal unless they are absolutely forced too…..it looks like they are trying to get any deal besides ours done before they consider trading to us. Either garnett has to force them to trade him to la, or the trade deadline will.

    :(

  • jmkb24

    Steve Francis would not fit well in the Lakers lineup.Mitch, forget about him, go and get KG!

    Lakers Starting Lineup:
    F: KG
    F: Luke Walton
    C: Kwame
    G: Kobe Bryant
    G: D Fish

    That’s a great starting lineup.

  • lakersforlife77

    [quote comment="7268"]Look,
    You people don’t understand the in’s and out’s of the business or basketball for that matter. I’m not about to sit here and give your city a dynasty. I’ve dealt with “Magic” and his boys, and I’m not going to hand the Lakers the best player in the league. Why don’t you people continue dreaming about Garnett because thats all it’ll ever be.[/quote]

    stfu imposter. I HATE people who do this. You suck.

  • http://hzmdesigns.com hZm

    No Steve! Don’t!

    Everyone, just ignore Steve. Eventually he’ll just leave.

    …. Shoot, he’s looking this way.

  • That’s Right

    [quote comment="7271"][quote comment="7268"]Look,
    You people don’t understand the in’s and out’s of the business or basketball for that matter. I’m not about to sit here and give your city a dynasty. I’ve dealt with “Magic” and his boys, and I’m not going to hand the Lakers the best player in the league. Why don’t you people continue dreaming about Garnett because thats all it’ll ever be.[/quote]

    stfu imposter. I HATE people who do this. You suck.[/quote]

    What a whiny bitch. Who the H cares if he’s McHale – damn!

  • Fatty

    Lakers to ignore Francis and look at this Chinese phenom.
    My only question is, does he know what a basketball is?

    http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,289094,00.html

    He once saved a dolphins life. So he must have good character. Mitch, do it. Sign him before the Spurs get him.

  • Fatty

    Am I the only one here that thinks Stevie will be a good fit in LA?

    The Defenders are in need of a good shooter. And he would be the perfect fit.

  • http://hzmdesigns.com hZm

    [quote comment="7287"]Am I the only one here that thinks Stevie will be a good fit in LA?

    The Defenders are in need of a good shooter. And he would be the perfect fit.[/quote]

    Haha I can honestly say I didn’t see that second line coming.

  • Rpoc

    How does Asia keep producing these weird ass tall freaks of nature!!

  • http://www.youtube.com/darkice18 darkice18

    [quote comment="7287"]Am I the only one here that thinks Stevie will be a good fit in LA?

    The Defenders are in need of a good shooter. And he would be the perfect fit.[/quote]
    haahahahaaahaahaahhaahaaah

  • Brandon_LAL

    No way…this guys is way over the hill. We already got DFish, we dont need this guy. But i do agree that the Defenders might…maybe he can back up Coby Karl if he doesnt make the team.

  • http://www.youtube.com/darkice18 darkice18

    [quote comment="7270"]Steve Francis would not fit well in the Lakers lineup.Mitch, forget about him, go and get KG!

    Lakers Starting Lineup:
    F: KG
    F: Luke Walton
    C: Kwame
    G: Kobe Bryant
    G: D Fish

    That’s a great starting lineup.[/quote]
    then u can trade kwame for artest :D

  • SILO

    though he would be a great scoring option but hey its steve francis. anything can happen.

  • http://hzmdesigns.com hZm

    This guy just has so much baggage on him that its not worth the risk or the roster spot. I’ll gladly pass.

    On the flip side, I can see him doing well with the Clippers. Being paired up with his hubby Cat Mobley and all.

  • http://Lakers.com Ed24

    Fuck Stevie, GET GARNETT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • http://www.getgarnett.com Fred A.

    Steve WHO? this is a wast of time.

  • AlexKB24

    WE NEED STEVE BECAUSE WE NEED A POIT GUARD, YOU GUYS DONT KNOW WHAT YOUR SAYING. YOUR SAYING THAT WE GOT FISHER, BUT DONT FORGET FISHER GOT OF THE JAZZ BECAUSE HE HAD FAMILY PROBLEMS. HE SAID HE WANTED TO SPENT MORE TIME WITH HIS DAUGHTER. WE NEED A GUY LIKE STEVE TO BE IN THE GAME.

    FRANCIS
    KOBE
    LUKE
    BROWN
    GARNETT
    THIS IS A BETTER LINE UP

  • Sep08

    [quote comment="7309"]WE NEED STEVE BECAUSE WE NEED A POIT GUARD, YOU GUYS DONT KNOW WHAT YOUR SAYING. YOUR SAYING THAT WE GOT FISHER, BUT DONT FORGET FISHER GOT OF THE JAZZ BECAUSE HE HAD FAMILY PROBLEMS. HE SAID HE WANTED TO SPENT MORE TIME WITH HIS DAUGHTER. WE NEED A GUY LIKE STEVE TO BE IN THE GAME.

    FRANCIS
    KOBE
    LUKE
    BROWN
    GARNETT
    THIS IS A BETTER LINE UP[/quote]

    Steve francis is the biggest ball hog in the world,why do you think he left houston??? He couldn’t live with the fact that Yao was a bigger player than him and he wanted to be the franchise.He’s not a PG, he is a small SG that shoots bad shots and phil jackson would hate him as a PG. People need to think logically and realize that francis is a loser that plays no defense and shoots the ball left and right.

  • punkjones

    Sure, offer him the damn Vets minimum. Wouldn’t hurt to have a scorer off the bench. I can’t imagine him going for it, but we could offer it. Realistically it will be the Clippers probably for MLE.

  • TheComeBacKid

    Seeing how The Franchise can’t lead a team anywhere…theres no point bringing him hear.

    The funny thing everyone has really overlooked…the Trailblazers, the fucking Trailblazers paid him to get the hell off their team. You can’t pay for comedey like that!

  • LAKobe4Life

    Steve Francis is a CANCER.

  • fred0s

    Francis is going to the Clippers

  • http://www.getgarnett.com Fred A.

    Get JO without trading Odom.

  • http://www.getgarnett.com Fred A.

    [quote comment="7364"]Get JO without trading Odom.[/quote]

    This would make my day and summer!!!!!

  • http://myspace.com/sako32 Sako

    sign him, & trade odom to kings for artest, & trade francis & bynum to minnesota for garnett, i hope cupcake can figure that out

  • Left

    Please say it ain’t so! I really don’t like this guy. We’re getting Fisher back, we don’t need Steve. I don’t like him and I don’t want him on our team. Go away Stevie.

  • rmeazy82

    I can see if you dont want francis because we got fish but dont act like the dude wouldn’t help us out if we had him. We need play-makers he makes plays when he is healthy, dont front on francis yall.

  • http://hzmdesigns.com hZm

    [quote comment="7381"]I can see if you dont want francis because we got fish but dont act like the dude wouldn’t help us out if we had him. We need play-makers he makes plays when he is healthy, dont front on francis yall.[/quote]

    Yeah he makes plays.

    … for himself.

    I don’t see this guy helping us. He isn’t much of a team player, I don’t see him and Kobe playing well together. All I see is someone who is a shell of the player he used to be. Health problems aside, this guy also has attitude problems.

  • billyboy

    i liked him when he played in houston but now he’s a fuking cancer.

    and btw, we have the new franchise in our team: javaris !

  • DEMARCOS HARDWELL

    get francis fuck all of yall dat think francis is weak…watch when he start killin 4 another team yall dumb ass gonna think (((aw we should of got francis…)))dumb ass people….every team needs a third scorer right so who’s gonna be dat when we gonna only have kobe & jermaine???who jordan farmer???!!!! c’mon now …..miami had walker ball hoggin ass and still won a championship…da spurs got 4 amin scorers finley,parker,duncan,and emanuel

  • showtime88

    FOCK FRANCIS!!
    :)

  • http://myspace.com/crunklilgangsta LiL_K

    Francis is goood but i think DF and java is good enuff

  • chunchun

    trade kwame yall trippin if yall wasnt to keep him
    starting line up
    DF
    Kobe
    luke
    Artest
    Jermaine

  • Justin M.

    Mitch isn’t stupid, he is not going to activly pursue Francis. Oh, I think Luke was right in his interview with espn.

  • lakerfan81

    Francis does not fit with the triangle offense. He is a shoot first (2nd, 3rd) guy. He is not a good passer (despite his assist average; well actually he is not a bad passer he just chooses not to pass). He does not try consistently try on either end of the floor. He has never and probably will never win anything (hes won just 1 play off game in his entire career).He dribbles too much. The triangle offense is about ball movement and player movement so francis does not fit in. Besides that Francis and Kobe could not paly together well, Kobe would just get pissed off because Francis would just dribble the ball until the end of the shot clock. Let him go to the Clips or Houston if they want him.

  • Darkblaze

    wtf, I don’t understand you guys, if he will sign for at least a mill i’d love having Francis off the bench. That’ll free up some guards and if possible it’ll enable us to trade them to other teams for anything bigger (ie, a power forward). With Phil there I’m sure Francis can shape his game around him, I’m sure Phil can shape him up and have him help this current roster out. This guy is an awesome passer when he does pass and he can dribble. I’m sure Phil can mold him and have Francis do the right things for the Lakers.

  • http://WWW.ALLSOUNDMUSIC.COM JCOTA

    [quote comment="7285"]Lakers to ignore Francis and look at this Chinese phenom.
    My only question is, does he know what a basketball is?

    http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,289094,00.html

    He once saved a dolphins life. So he must have good character. Mitch, do it. Sign him before the Spurs get him.[/quote]
    funny fatty…damn this guy would be able hold people up to rebound after he got tired!!!

  • DEMARCOS HARDWELL

    showtyme88 fuck you and lakersfan81 fuck u 2..francis over jordan and derek anytyme dumb ass fools when he plays bad his avg is better than both of them. so fuck all yall francis haters……

  • Fatty

    Stevie is #1
    Critt is #1

    You can’t have two number ones on the same team. Stevie is not coming.

  • DEMARCOS HARDWELL

    fuck u too fatty

  • http://myspace.com/sako32 Sako

    if lakers sign him, it can open up good trade opportunities

  • Fatty

    Lakers vs Denver 5:30 NBA.com

    Watch live – Talk here

    Critt vs Farmar, Who’s better?

    Can Coby Karl make the Lakers?

    Who will be invited to camp?

    Gay – Rodney White – Coby – Smith

  • Fatty

    DEMARCOS HARDWELL

    Now is that any way to treat your Laker Bretheren?

    Francis has no knees left, can’t play D, and has a bad attitude. Don’t think he’s the guy Kobe and Phil stay awake at night hoping to get.

    Why do you think he’s the guy we need?

  • DEMARCOS HARDWELL

    fatty once again fuck u!!!!! look wut teams he played wit after houston…damn ill have an attitude too if i played for weak ass east teams…well damn fisher aint gone be wit us for da whole season cause of his lil girl so who we gone have left???so you mean to tell me who you wanna pick up in free agency???

  • Fatty

    DEMARCOS HARDWELL

    Hey dude, show some respect for your Laker Brothers.

  • DEMARCOS HARDWELL

    YOU TAKING DIS LAKER BROTHER SHIT TOO FAR…I NEVER MEET U SO DONT CALL MA NOR ANY OTHER LAKER FAN A BROTHER…K…AND ONCE AGAIN FUCK YOU IF YOU THINK STEVE FRANCIS IS NOT RIGHT FOR THE LAKERS..

  • Fatty

    DEMARCOS HARDWELL

    If you don’t respect the people on the blog, then you’ll just find yourself talking to yourself. Isn’t that what crazy people do?

    Obviously you ain’t no fan of the Lakers. Laker fans like and respect each other, enjoy each others company.

    I asked you to talk as to why Francis would be a fit and you’ve refused to do so. So that means, you have no answer. You are just wanting to yell and cuss and make a fool of yourself. You also clearly show your intelligence, what little there is.
    I will be looking forward to more of your stupid comments. Please post more often, you make all of us feel very smart.

  • lakerfan81

    Thank You fatty. I was going to say the same thing, but I just couldnt be bothered.

  • Adam

    i didnt know we had die heart steve francis fans in here, but anyways speaking of francis he’s not going to sign with the lakers (note they have 3 pgs already) unless they are wanting to him in a trade deal in the future which i highly doubt because once a FA signs he cant be traded for 3 months. I am 80 percent sure he will end up with the clippers since they need a veteren pg who still has plenty of game left in him unlike Sam C.. Don’t forgot to note that Cuttino Mobley and Steve Francis are best friends, as well as Sam C. ( who also happens to be his business partner).

    -LAKERS

  • AlexKB24

    i agree with DEMARCOS HARDWELL, because fisher aint got potential like steve francis has. I never heard of fisher having a good season. Fisher is older and has not even made it to the all star team yet. Phil can fix Francis up because hes a good scorer and could learn how to pass. Fatty please think about that

  • DEMARCOS HARDWELL

    u tha only dumb one fatty….u stupid to not sign francis for cheap….wow dat shows how smart you are…lol and if you really wanna good in to how smart i am imake a’s and b’s…how old are you yeah so dont spend all your tyme on da computer on getgarnett and get some money ….peace and dats tha last thing ima say to you ya dig my nigg???

  • DEMARCOS HARDWELL

    aw yeah one more thing thanks alexkb24 isee you da smart one too.

  • DEMARCOS HARDWELL

    now for you lakerfan81 wut da fuck u gone tell me i know more basketball than yo ass…by tha things you put on here you dont know wut u talking about…and dats all i gotta say to you about dat ya dig my nigg…

  • lakerfan81

    Demarcos you don’t even know proper englinsh.

  • lakerfan81

    I have know problem with you liking Francis, thats fine. But the name calling is immature. If you want to defend why you think Francis is a good fit for the Lakers, then go ahead. But you are not doing that you are just cussing and calling names. Its immature and reading and responding to your posts is a waste of my time.

  • DEMARCOS HARDWELL

    well damn how you gone say dat and spell english wit a n…c’mon now plus when i write i put slang words so once again ya dig my nigg!!!!!

  • DEMARCOS HARDWELL

    lakerfan81 you dont think that phil can coach francis?????tell me why…francis can be our third scorer after we trade for jermaine or garnett….i know fisher fits better in the triangle offense but damn he aint gone be wit us for an fact he has an sick lil girl…we need francis for vet help…kobe gone put his ass in line,phil gone put his ass in check and jermaine oneal or garnett gone put his ass in check…u know wut im saying???

  • Demarcos is an idiot

    Demarcos, just shut the hell up, you don’t back up anything you say and you sound like a complete idiot when you reply calling people dumb. Get the hell out of here.

  • lakerfan81

    Demarcos

    Thats a little better. I know you are writing in slang, but its a lot easier to read something when it is written in proper English. I will tell why I do not think Francis fits with the Lakers, I have stated this before. The triangle offense uses ball movement and player movement to create open shots, and to break down defenses. I am not an expert (by any definition) but from what I understand of the triangle is basically rand throug three people, a person in the post (Lamar, he is not a post playe which is why he is not as effective in LA as he could be and why someone like Garnett or Gasol would be better suited for that position) and two wing players (Kobe, Walton). the other two people, the Center and PG are there to make spread the floor, make cuts, hit open shots, move the ball etc. That is why in the trangle you do not need a traditional PG, you just need someone that can spread the floor, hit open shots adn make cuts to the basket like steve Kerr and Harper used to do. It is actually more productive to have the best passer on the wing or in the post than it is to have your best passer at PG/ That is why Fisher plays better in the triangle at PG than he does on other teams (he doesn’t need to be a playmaker).

    That is also why Francis does not fit as a PG in the Triangle. He is a player that creates shots off the dribble. He is only effenctive, or if you like an offensive threat, when he has the ball in his hand. That is not what you want with a PG in the triangle. Besides that it is not effective to have a bunch of players on your team that are only effective when they have the ball in their hands. It makes for too much 1-on-5 basketball.The lakers already have two such players, Lamar and Kobe. Let me clarify what I mean by effective with out the ball. Tim Duncan is an offensive threat when he does not have the ball, because he can get low post position, he can set a good screen and step back for his awesome bank shot (can you tell I am a Duncan fan, I hate the spurs but I like Duncan). Rip hamilton is a threat without the ball, he is the best in the league at moving with out the ball.

    If you wanted to use Francis off the bench for quick offense as a back up for Kobe or when Kobe is moved to the SF (use him as a SG) or in instances when you were not running the triangle Offense that would make some sense. I guess you could modify the triangle to accommodate a player like Francis at the PG as well (like Tex and Phil did with Shaq at Center).

    But then you come to the other problem with Francis. Francis is one of the leagues worse malcontents. He just has a bad attitude and always has since he entered the league. Its not like Rasheed’s bad attitude where its a problem with anger management and a bad rep or Rodmans attitude which was off the court antics. When Rodman was on the court it was all about doing whatever it took to win. Francis on the other hand, from what I have read about him, is all about himself. He is a bad teammate. It has to make you wonder when a player that talented has been on at least 3 different teams and none of them have done anything. I mean he has only won 1 playoff game his entire career.

  • http://abrahamlincoln.com kevin bryant

    heyy komonn bitches!!!
    steve francis its a very good playerrr
    well maybe thats true we really dont need him but who cares!! fisher will be on the bench
    PG:steve francis
    SG:kobe bryant
    SF:lamar odom
    PF:kevin garnett
    C:pau gasol

  • http://abrahamlincoln.com kevin bryant

    well lets get baron davis pau gasol kevin garnett keep lamar oddom and i bet will be champions for sure the stupids of the san antonio spurs will be sweep by the lakers as always but theres a little problem with thiss

    the lakers game will be boring beacuse thy always going to win! i mean a 82-0 record and no loses in playoffs