Stu Jackson doesn't know what announcement brooding draft pick Steve Francis has to make Friday, nor does the Vancouver Grizzlies' general manager really care.
"I'm going to wait, but I'm not going to wait with bated breath," Jackson said Wednesday in Vancouver, Canada. "I don't know what he's going to announce. But I'll tell you this, any announcement that he has isn't going to lever us one way or the other.
"We're going to do what's in the best interest of our club when we feel we have to do it."
Speculation of Francis' uncertain future with the Grizzlies took another turn this week when the New York-based Edelman Public Relations firm said Francis scheduled a news conference for noon EDT Friday in his hometown of Takoma Park, Md.
Francis, a point guard selected second in the NBA draft, has made clear his reservations about playing for the Grizzlies.
Jackson acknowledged that there were personal issues raised by Francis during contract talks. And Jackson admitted that he has made numerous attempts to deal Francis to another team.