Apr 8, 2014; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Houston Rockets forward Francisco Garcia (32) reacts after a 3-point basket against the Los Angeles Lakers at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Francisco Garcia Likely To Opt Out This Summer

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According to a report by Chris Haynes of CSN Northwest, Houston Rockets SG/SF Francisco Garcia is likely to opt out of his final year his contract and become an unrestricted free agent this summer.

Haynes’ source says Garcia is looking for a multi-year contract this summer.

One source with knowledge of the situation explained that the justification in doing so would be for the veteran to secure a multi-year deal.

Garcia, 32, played in just 55 games while averaging just under 20 minutes per game. He averaged just 5.7 points per game and shot 35.8% from beyond the arc. Garcia signed a two-year, $2.6 million deal with the Rockets last summer with a player option of $1.3 million for this season.

This is good news for the Rockets if Garcia does indeed opt out of his deal. Though Garcia was a great guy to have in the locker room, he didn’t provide enough on the court to garner consistent bench minutes in the playoffs.

The former Kings player missed some time with a knee and back injury. Garcia was expected to be a big part of the Rockets rotation during the season but often found himself on the outside looking in.

Garcia’s 35.8 percent shooting from three is replaceable by other players on the team or with another free agent.

The Rockets need all the cap space they can get with a big summer ahead of them.

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