11 players. Three future draft picks. One disgruntled rookie.
On this date in 1999, the Steve Francis era in Vancouver ended before it could ever begin. Francis, who was selected No. 2 overall by the then-Vancouver Grizzlies, made it clear he had no intentions of suiting up for the team that drafted him.
It took the two months that followed June's draft, but the Grizzlies, Rockets and Magic agreed upon an 11-player deal centred around the rookie guard from Maryland.
Here's a look back at how things went down…
Houston received: Steve Francis' draft rights and Tony Massenburg from Vancouver
Don MacLean and a 2001 first-round draft pick from Orlando (used to select Jason Collins)
Vancouver received: Antoine Carr, Michael Dickerson, Othella Harrington, Brent Price and a 2003 first-round pick from Houston (used to select Marcus Banks)
2002 second-round pick from Orlando (used to select Mattt Barnes)
Orlando received: Lee Mayberry, Makhtar N'Diaye, Rodrick Rhodes and Michael Smith from Vancouver
Francis was a big hit - in his rookie campaign, the electrifying guard averaged 18.0 points, 6.6 assists and 5.3 rebounds over 77 games. He was named Co-Rookie of the year along with No. 1 overall selection Elton Brand. In his first stint with the Rockets from 1999-2004, Francis posted averages of 19.3 points, 6.4 assists, 6.1 rebounds and 1.6 steals and earned three All-Star selections.
Michael Dickerson proved to be the second-most valuable acquisition in the deal; in his first two seasons in Vancouver, the shooting guard averaged 17.4 points over 152 games while shooting 39.3 percent from deep. In the next two seasons, Dickerson missed 154 of a possible 162 games, retiring in 2003 due to severe hamstring and groin injuries.
In an ironic twist, Francis' time in Houston came to an end when he was traded in the 2004 offseason to the Orlando Magic in the deal that sent Tracy McGrady to the Rockets. Francis would re-join the Rockets in the 2007-08 season, but only appeared in 10 regular season games.