Apr 27, 2013; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Rockets shooting guard Francisco Garcia (32) and Chandler Parsons (25) celebrate after Garcia made a basket in the fourth quarter against the Oklahoma City Thunder during game three of the first round of the 2013 NBA playoffs at the Toyota Center. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports
It looks like Francisco Garcia will be heading back to Houston after all. According to Marc Spears of Yahoo! Sports, the Houston Rockets have agreed to a two-year deal with the veteran swingman. The second year of the $2.6 million contract will be a player option so Garcia can opt out after the 2013-14 season when he will have Bird Rights.
Garcia was seen as a throw-in for the Rockets in the Thomas Robinson trade last February after 71/2 seasons with the Sacramento Kings, but provided a veteran spark off the bench. Garcia’s option for this season was waived last month by the Rockets in an effort to create enough cap space to sign free agent Dwight Howard.
Now that Howard is on board, the Rockets are looking to fill the pieces around. The 8-year veteran averaged 6.4 points in 18 games with Houston last season. He averaged 10.7 points in the playoffs; was filled in to the starting lineup after an injury to Jeremy Lin, and had the most success defending Kevin Durant.
The Rockets now turn their attention to finding other perimeter players who can space the floor for Howard. Garcia shot 38.6 percent from the three point line last season, and 46 percent in the playoffs.