Rockets Declining Jae’Sean Tate Option; New Deal May Be On Way

The Rockets are declining the $1.8 contract option on forward Jae’Sean Tate, perhaps setting him for a larger deal with the team, per Shams Charania of The Athletic.Jae'Sean Tate

After the move, Tate will be a restricted free agent.

Tate, 26, is 6-foot-4 and has spent both of his NBA seasons in Houston, becoming a major part of the Rockets’ rebuild. He averaged 11.8 rebounds and 5.4 rebounds in starting all but one of 78 appearances last season.

Along with that, Tate is considered the Rockets’ best wing defender. A product of Pickerington Central High School, he went undrafted out of Ohio State.

The Rockets will have the option to make Tate a restricted free agent next summer, as the upcoming season marks the final year of a three-year deal he signed in 2020.

Houston selected Auburn power forward Jabari Smith Jr. with the No. 3 overall pick in the NBA Draft, then snagged LSU forward Tari Eason at No. 17 and point guard TyTy Washington at No. 26 (via the Mavericks).

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