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Jae’Sean Tate agrees to $22.1 million, 3-year extension with Rockets

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It’s been a busy day for the league as the NBA free agency kicked off with a bang (if you read ‘bang’ with Mike Breen’s voice then kudos to you). Although the Houston Rockets have some work to do to improve the roster, the front office made a big move on Thursday. It looks like Jae’Sean Tate is here to stay in Houston for the long term.

According to Shams Charania, the Rockets gave Tate a three-year extension worth $22.1 million. He’s been steady and consistent for Houston so far and there’s a real chance he takes a big step in development next year. With the franchise looking to get younger, Jae’Sean Tate serves as a strong rotational player for this team.

Last year, Tate put up solid numbers, averaging 11.8 points, and 5.4 rebounds per game, while putting up a .498 shooting percentage as well. Houston should focus on developing the young small forward, as he will play a vital role in the Rockets’ rebuild.

This organization is in a nice spot right now in the middle of the offseason. Not only has the front office made smart decisions regarding their players, but they turned out to be big winners on Thursday as well. After trading James Harden to the Brooklyn Nets for a massive haul of picks, Kevin Durant’s trade request only helps the Rockets in their quest to reconstruct the roster.

So, with Jae’Sean Tate, his teammates, and the future rookies to join the franchise, Houston is shaping up nicely on paper. Look for the Rockets to spend as little money as possible right now, as they’ll need the cap space down the road.