Gary Clark Agrees to 3-Year, $3.7M NBA Contract with Rockets

Kyle Newport@@KyleNewportFeatured ColumnistDecember 6, 2018

DENVER, CO - NOVEMBER 13:  Gary Clark #6 of the Houston Rockets plays the Denver Nuggets at the Pepsi Center on November 13, 2018 in Denver, Colorado. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)
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The Houston Rockets announced they have agreed to a three-year contract with Gary Clark.

The deal is worth $3.7 million, according to Shams Charania of The Athletic and Stadium.

Per Charania, Clark's contract is fully guaranteed for this season, half guaranteed for 2019-20 and has a guarantee date for 2020-21.

The undrafted rookie out of Cincinnati started this season on a two-way contract, but has become a key part of Houston's rotation.

The 6'8", 225-pound forward is averaging 3.4 points and 2.9 rebounds in 17.0 minutes per game this season.

A roster spot opened up in Houston on Tuesday after the team waived third-year forward Danuel House Jr. That opened the door for the Rockets to convert Clark from a two-way deal that involved the G League to an NBA contract. House was re-signed to a two-way contract on Thursday as well.

Clark's minutes were scarce to start the season, but when Houston decided to end the Carmelo Anthony experiment in early November, the rookie began to see more consistent playing time.

The 24-year-old's development has been helped by being a teammate with All-Star point guard Chris Paul, whom he has known since he was a member of the Team CP3 growing up.

"I've had so many people try to tell me what to do, giving me their opinions and expect to force me to do what they're saying," Clark told The Undefeated's Stefano Fusaro. "He's the complete opposite. It's a relief because he knows that when I come to him with something, it's probably something that's really bothering me. So I know if I go to him, I'll get his best opinion, his best effort, to help me figure it out."

That mentorship has resulted in an NBA contract, giving the two even more opportunities to work together. Clark now has a more established role in Houston as his status with the team has been solidified.

Houston, after finishing with an NBA-best 65 wins last season, has an 11-12 record entering Thursday's game at Utah

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