Tate and the Rockets agreed to terms Thursday on a three-year, $22.1 million contract, Shams Charania of The Athletic reports. Earlier in the week, the Rockets declined Tate's team option for 2022-23 in order to facilitate signing him to this longer-term deal. As a result, Tate will go from making roughly $1.8 million to an average annual value of more than $7 million over the course of the deal. Undrafted out of Ohio State, Tate emerged as a key bench piece for Houston in 2020-21, when he averaged 11.3 points, 5.3 rebounds, 2.5 assists, 1.2 steals and 0.9 made threes across 70 appearances. Tate essentially replicated that production last season, and the three-year agreement signals that Houston views the 26-year-old as part of its core. As of now, Tate projects to start at small forward as part of a lineup that will likely include Alperen Sengun, Jalen Green, Kevin Porter and No. 3 overall pick Jabari Smith.
Tate had his $1.8 million team option declined by the Rockets on Wednesday, making him a restricted free agent, Shams Charania of The Athletic reports. However, the two sides have a mutual interest in discussing a new deal. Tate has been one of Houston's staples over the past two seasons, starting 135 of his 148 appearances. Last year, he averaged 11.8 points, 5.4 rebounds and 2.8 assists in 26.4 minutes. Given the Rockets' current roster makeup, it appears Tate would be in line to continue starting at small forward if he remains with the franchise.
The Rockets intend to exercise the $1.9 million team option on Tate's contract, Jonathan Feigen of the Houston Chronicle reports. Tate has spent both of his NBA seasons in Houston and averaged 11.8 points and 5.4 rebounds across 78 appearances last season. Houston selected two forwards -- Jabari Smith with the No. 3 overall pick and Tari Eason with the No. 17 pick -- in the 2022 NBA Draft, but it appears the Rockets still have a role for Tate during the upcoming season.
Tate racked up five points (2-4 FG, 1-1 3Pt), two rebounds, two assists and one block in 30 minutes during Sunday's 130-114 loss to Atlanta. Tate couldn't rack up any shot volume in the loss, resulting in one of his most meager totals of the season. Despite the disappointing final game, Tate's positional versatility should keep him around in Houston next season, unless their 2022 first-round pick makes him expendable.
Tate contributed six points (2-10 FG, 0-2 3Pt, 2-3 FT), nine rebounds, three assists and three steals over 29 minutes during Tuesday's 118-105 loss to the Nets. Tate has failed to score in double figures in three of his last four appearances, but he salvaged his poor offensive performance Tuesday by grabbing nine rebounds -- his most since Feb. 16 -- and recording at least three steals for the sixth time this season. The undrafted wing out of Ohio State is averaging 11.9 points, 5.4 rebounds and 2.9 assists across 76 appearances this season, which is nearly identical to his averages from his rookie campaign.
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