Francis out for season for Rockets

February 7, 2008 2:44:53 PM PST
Houston Rockets guard Steve Francis will have season-ending surgery to repair a torn quadriceps tendon in his right knee.The 6-foot-3 Francis hasn't played since Dec. 15.

He's appeared in only 10 games this season with three starts, averaging 5.5 points and three assists.

The Rockets say Francis will have surgery Feb. 25.

Francis signed a one-year contract with the Rockets with an option for a second year, returning to the city where he played from 1999-2004.

He was traded to Orlando in 2004 in a deal that sent Tracy McGrady to the Rockets. After two seasons with the Magic, Francis spent two seasons with New York.

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