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Friday, November 5th, 2010 at 3:26 pm  |  25 responses

Steve Francis to Beijing ‘Basically a Done Deal’

Steve Francis is now the latest former NBA player to “take his talents” overseas. The Franchise joins a long list of former NBA players to bolt to China.  Some notable names include Rafer Alston, Ricky Davis, Quincy Douby, Fred Jones, Josh Boone, and Javaris Crittenton.  For more information, check out NiuBBall.com: “According to CCTV5′s NBA analyst and Sina Sports writer, Yu Jia, Steve Francis is all set to join Marbury in the Chinese Basketball Association this December. Yu reported ‘Beijing and [Steve] Francis is basically a done deal’ via his Sina Microblog (China’s equivalent to Twitter) earlier today. Sina Sports has a full writeup, reporting that Francis and Beijing have a preliminary two-year deal agreement in place. The contract is to be worth $2 million annually. Beijing’s GM, Yuan Chao, has been quoted as saying that the deal is not official as of yet.”

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  • http://www.slamonline.com/ niQ

    I might be wrong but, I thought the Rafer Alston deal didn’t work out? Can anyone clarify it? I read somewhere that he was scheduled to meet the team or something but he never boarded the plane…

  • Motown1

    wowo

  • Hussman25

    Iverson, Marbury and now Stevie Franchise… 3 of the most talented and most controversial guards of the 2000′s are now gone overseas… That’s f**k’s up on many levels!

  • http://Mrjones21901@aol.com Run’n'Gun219

    hussman i was thinking the samething…

  • CAPTAIN HINDSIGHT

    I FORGOT TRICKY RICKY WENT TO CHINA. STERN SHOULD HAVE REALIZED CHINA IS A VIABLE OPTION FOR ROLE PLAYERS TO GET PAID AND SHINE.

  • http://www.slamonline.com NickthaQuick

    Wow. Pretty sure you first saw this and wondered where’s Cuttino Mobley in all this?

  • Clos1881

    Penny next

  • http://theurbangriot.com The Nupe

    T-Mac after Penny. Guess overseas is a nice way to extend your playing career.

  • http://www.solecollector.com NDP

    What team is Tricky Ricky playing on? Now THAT would be a jersey to own.

  • http://slamonline.com Yknot

    So in 15years Jennings, Rose, and Wall will be playing overseas!

  • karma

    All 3 of those guys (Marbury, Francis, Iverson) were known as selfish PGs who couldn’t adapt. This is what happens to players who don’t adapt thier game.

  • JalepinoSausage

    Yeah. They get to explore the world. IT’S TERRIBLE !!! :-) hillbilly b!t(h

  • JalepinoSausage

    yeah . They get to C the world from a real angle.

  • Addam

    Haha. Steve didn’t want to go to Vancouver. I wonder how he feels about this move.

  • http://www.iowsports.com/ Blue

    @ Addam: He’s married with a kid now…Wanna get away?

  • lazaruz

    why wont an nba team take alston? first thing i do on 2k11 is sign skip lollollol but yeh he probably just wants to travel a bit.

  • janglesjr

    Steve Francis isn’t a Hall of Famer, but Kevin Garnett is and his speech also deserves some type of award.

    http://hoopstopia.com/?p=80

  • http://www.need4sheed.com Tarzan Cooper

    Blue wins

  • ben sin

    putting AI in the same group with Marbury and Francis is a bit much, considering AI wasn’t actually detrimental to his team on a nightly basis.

  • David

    Maybe Lebron should do it with a Decision.

  • ab40

    @ben sin haha dude he never had a second all star besides dikembe mutombo or the ratliff who was injured that year. every offensive talent got no shot with him ball hogging. and china is the last option because they know they might be exposed in europe and the marketing in china is far greater than in europe or on the bench in the nba. especialy francis I think every former houston rocket who played with yao should go to china they can fill their pockets till they burst

  • thegfunk

    B Diddy next?

  • http://google c_cantrell

    man i member watchin this dude in his prime to.. i was always a big fan but when he got outta shape it all went down hill

  • http://www.niubball.com NiuBBall.com

    @niQ: You’re right, the Alston deal broke down after he didn’t board his flight to Shanghai. Just got cold feet, I guess.

    @NickTheQuick: Funny you should mention, Mobley to China rumors have been floated around for the last couple of months by the Chinese media… With Francis now in the Chinese fold, those rumors are bound to heat back up again.

  • http://punchthispilot.com MrDangDang

    The Franchise…has been outsourced.

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