Rockets Decline Team Option For Forward

The Houston Rockets have declined the team option for forward Jae'Sean Tate, per Shams Charania of The Athletic. Both sides reportedly intend to discuss a new contract as free agency opens Thursday night.

Tate started all but one of his 78 appearances for the Rockets last season. He tallied averages of 11.8 points, 5.4 rebounds, and 2.8 assists while shooting 49.8 percent from the field.

Tate signed with the Rockets in 2020 after going undrafted in 2018. In his rookie season, he averaged 11.3 points, 5.3 rebounds, and 1.2 steals. The 6-foot-4 wing's strong debut campaign earned him a spot in the NBA's All-Rookie First Team for the 2020-21 season.

Prior to the NBA, Tate played for the Sydney Kings in the NBL Australia (2019-20) and the Antwerp Giants in Belgium (2018-19).

He had a standout four-year career at Ohio State, where he was named Second Team All-Big Ten in 2018. 

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