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    Steve Francis to return to Rockets
    Three-time All-Star picks former team over Heat, Mavs and Clippers

    By JONATHAN FEIGEN
    Copyright 2007 Houston Chronicle

    Francis chose the Rockets over the Heat, Mavericks and Clippers, his agent Jeff Fried said on Thursday.

    "I just hung up with Daryl (Morey, the Rockets general manager)," Fried said. "He is dealing with facilitating the contract.

    "It's a combination of a variety of factors including the fit with the team, a comfortableness with the organization and a familiarity with the surroundings. He has a home in Houston. In so many ways, it has remained his home, despite some interim stops, Orlando and New York.

    "For Steve, it's coming home."
    Wow, this is a huge signing for the Rockets IMO. It could really make them dangerous with Rick Aldeman as their coach.

    McGrady, Yao, Franics will be a tough trio to contain. Add in guys like Battier, Mike James, Bonzi Wells and they are going to be a force.

    They just need one more big man, maybe two and they could do some damage and make a strong case for the Finals.

    I think that Steve could return to his old form as a Rocket with Rick Aldeman as the coach. I think this is a great signing for them and a great choice by Steve.

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    I don't think he'll ever be his old self again. He's lost all his explosiveness that he had last time he was with Houston. I could still see him averaging close to 15 a game though being the third option to McGrady and Yao.

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    His old self was a starter in the All-Star game. If he's just half of his old self this is a big signing for Houston. Is Scola coming over? If so, the Rockets had a fantastic offseason.

    Rockets now have, individually, the most talented starting lineup in the league. Their bench isn't bad either, although they have too many guards and not enough big men. That James-for-Howard swap isn't looking too good for them from a needs standpoint.

    Starters: Francis/McGrady/Battier/Scola/Yao
    Bench: Alston, James, Head, Wells, Mutombo, Snyder, Hayes, Brooks

    Head for Foster?

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    I predicted that the Rockets were going to the WCF last season only to lose to either the Suns or Spurs. They just broke down mentally again, but this year with their cast I really think they are very capable of going to the Finals. This makes Brooks or Alston expendable though or maybe they're going to experiment a little bit.

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    Houston's really gonna be a force. Considering Dallas still hasn't addressed their breakdown, I would seriously consider putting Houston ahead of them.

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    [Luthor] Head for Foster?
    I'd love to get either Luthor or Kirk Snyder.

    They already have Chuck Hayes, who's similar to Jeff, but I could see them going for it.

    Houston's new GM is a big, new-age statistician guy, so I bet he is really big on Foster, given his gaudy rebound per minute numbers.

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    Man I forgot about Luther Head.

    Would I ever love to get that guy on our team. He can shoot the ball like no other.

    The Rockets need another big though. They could get by but they are really heavy with backcourt players.

    I think the Rockets need to take a look at Foster, Etan Thomas, Brendan Haywood, Joel Przybilla, Reggie Evans, Marcus Camby (doubtful), Kenny Thomas, Chris Mihm, or Anderson Varejao. They could offer Alston, Sura (expiering), Kirk Snyer (expiering), and maybe a filler like John Lucas. Surely they could get one of these guys for some combination of those guys.

    Then maybe sign one more big for a little depth. Maybe Brian Skinner, Alexander Johnson, PJ Brown, or Scot Pollard.

    Man, I think that the Rockets are real close to being able to make a strong title run they just need to make a deal for a solid big. Nothing special just someone solid.

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    ^^ I'm sure Dallas could use that same team as last year, this year and still run through the league!! As long as Avery is the coach that team will be a force!! I'm glad for Houston, I still think New Orleans is gonna be dangerous

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    Old Self, do you guys how comfortable Francis is going to be in Houston. He was the man there and now he is going to be one of the "men". Mcgrady doesn't want all of the attention on him and Francis is going to be that piece, so Mcgrady can calm it down. Francis will shine there, IMO

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    Head for Foster?
    I've been hoping for that trade for a while.

    I think it makes too much sense for TPTB not to have discussed it.

    We'd probably have to take Sura as well to make the salarys match or get a 3rd team involved.
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    Scola is already with the team. They brought him over the minute they made the trade.

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    Wow.....something has got to give in their Guard rotation.

    They now have Francis, Mike James, Rafer Alston and Luther....you can technically even include Wells.

    I'm guessing that Luther maybe expendable now.
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    They now have Francis, Mike James, Rafer Alston and Luther....you can technically even include Wells.
    They also just drafted Aaron Brooks (who we could really use), and have both John Lucas III, and Kirk Snyder, who has talent and can play the 2.

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    Wow.....something has got to give in their Guard rotation.

    They now have Francis, Mike James, Rafer Alston and Luther....you can technically even include Wells.

    I'm guessing that Luther maybe expendable now.
    A poster at Clutch City (Huge Rockets board) with over 1000 posts says that Houston Sports Radio 790 is reporting this afternoon that The Pacers and Rockets are discussing a trade for Rafer Alston.

    Not sure at all if this is true or not, but some Rocket PG is sure to be moved.

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    God I hope not.

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    Oh, Alston, that'd make me feel much better.
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    A poster at Clutch City (Huge Rockets board) with over 1000 posts says that Houston Sports Radio 790 is reporting this afternoon that The Pacers and Rockets are discussing a trade for Rafer Alston.

    Not sure at all if this is true or not, but some Rocket PG is sure to be moved.
    I damn sure hope it isn't for Alston. We don't need any more playground PG's.

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    A poster at Clutch City (Huge Rockets board) with over 1000 posts says that Houston Sports Radio 790 is reporting this afternoon that The Pacers and Rockets are discussing a trade for Rafer Alston.

    Not sure at all if this is true or not, but some Rocket PG is sure to be moved.
    would trading for alston be a move to freak out over, mal?


    luther head i'd love to pick up. rafer no thanks. that was such a disaster for the rockets they brought mike james BACK to make up for it. they've got a stockpile of guards, it would make sense for us to move foster to them.
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    I like Rafer.

    Good contract. Very good 3-pt shooter. And he really doesn't bring that playground stuff in the NBA. He's actually pretty methodical and maybe too cautious at times. But he is heady and can also get to the hoop and finish. Good assist to turnover.

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    Depends on what we give up for him. I wouldn't give up much.

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    Why can't we bring back Jalen to be our point guard?
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    I'd still settle for Omar Cook.
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    I'd settle for a point guard that could point.

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    I'd still settle for Omar Cook.
    Marcus Hatten is better.

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    I really, really like this signing for Houston. Francis didn't ever want to leave and still has his home there. Plus he and Yao were really developing a good relationship. Plus now they essentially got T-Mac for Cuttino Mobley and Kelvin Cato. Which is incredible.

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