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Rockets Rumors: Jae'Sean Tate to Have $1.8M Contract Option Exercised for 2022-23

Paul KasabianFeatured Columnist IIJune 25, 2022

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The Houston Rockets will exercise their $1.8 million 2022-23 option on forward Jae'Sean Tate, per Jonathan Feigen of the Houston Chronicle.

The 26-year-old Tate, who has played both of his NBA seasons with the Rockets, averaged 11.8 points, 5.4 rebounds and 2.8 assists per game last year. He started 77 of his 78 games.

Kelly Iko of The Athletic reported Monday that Tate and Rockets teammate Kevin Porter Jr. are looking for contract extensions this offseason.

"Their cap outlook will be clearer following the draft and free agency," Iko wrote. "However, the hope is they'll get something done with both of them."

The draft is done, and the Rockets added a trio of players in forwards Jabari Smith Jr. and Tari Eason and guard TyTy Washington Jr. The free-agency negotiating period will likely begin Thursday or Friday.

Keeping Tate, who has proved to be a versatile, high-energy player, would be a wise move for the Rockets as they continue to rebuild.

Tate may be on the older end of the spectrum with Houston constructing its roster around first- and second-year players, but he can be a glue guy and leader as the Rockets look to get back to the playoffs in this new era.

Either way, Tate will reportedly be aboard for at least one more year.

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