Apr 27, 2013; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Rockets shooting guard Francisco Garcia (32) reacts after making a basket during the second quarter against the Oklahoma City Thunder during game three in the first round of the 2013 NBA playoffs at the Toyota Center. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

Francisco Garcia Officially Opts Out Of His Contract

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.

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.


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