Trade: New York Knicks get Steve Francis; Orlando Magic get Anfernee Hardaway and Trevor Ariza.
The Isiah Thomas era in New York is pretty awful, but the Steve Francis trade has to be one his more bizarre deals. Francis was owed $49 million over three seasons, adding to the Knicks payroll which reached upwards of $130 million. The bottom line is that the Knicks were even worse with Francis while the Magic were able to free up some money to sign Rashard Lewis and build the foundation to their 2009 Finals appearance. We think Stevie Franchise might've gotten his nickname for killing NBA franchises. Burn!