Houston Rockets SG/SF Francisco Garcia has officially opted out of his contract for this upcoming season, according to Jonathan Feigen of the Houston Chronicle.
Francisco Garcia has told team he is opting out, also as expected. He can return, much as he did last season.
— Jonathan Feigen (@Jonathan_Feigen) June 30, 2014
Garcia signed a two-year, $2.6 million deal with the Rockets last summer with a player option of $1,316,809 million for this season. He is now an unrestricted free agent.
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. He played through a knee and back injury during the season.
The Rockets could use all the cap space they can get and Garcia opting out is a big help. The Rockets could always re-sign him later on in the offseason if they feel like he can help the team. He struggled this past season as a shooter off the bench, but he is also known as a great locker room guy, a quality some GM’s value.
For now, Garcia will look elsewhere for potential long-term offers, but it wouldn’t be surprising if he signed back in Houston for a veteran’s deals.