"I feel unhappy that I couldn't play the game. I know I was not well-prepared physically to help the team on court. As the team is in hot form, I think it is best for both sides for me to terminate my contract," Francis was quoted as telling Beijing Television on Monday afternoon.
"I had tendinitis my whole career," he explained. "Jumping and dunking like I dunked for 10-12 years at my height ... it's eventually going to take a toll on you, and I knew that."