The Clippers will have to look elsewhere to bolster their point-guard position after one of their main free-agent targets, Steve Francis, signed a two-year contract Thursday with the Houston Rockets reportedly worth $6 million.
Francis chose the surroundings of a familiar place over a possible reunion with ex-teammate Cuttino Mobley on the Clippers. Francis was a three-time All-Star with the Rockets before being traded in 2004.
The first year of Francis' contract is guaranteed, and the second year is a player option.
"The Clippers were on as short a list as you can get," said Francis' agent, Jeff Fried. "There was an overall comfort level because he's had a primary house in Houston. He loves the city and the organization. These are factors that all came into play."
Francis, 30, probably would have played quite a bit for the Clippers because Shaun Livingston is recovering from a severe knee injury and Sam Cassell turns 38 in November.