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Houston Rockets: 5 Worst Free Agent Acquisitions In The Les Alexander Era

By Michael Ma
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2. Kelvin Cato 

Kelvin Cato throws it down in a game against the Minnesota Timberwolves(2001)

Kelvin Cato was acquired by the Rockets via trade, but he qualifies on this list based on what happened after.  Cato averaged 3.7 points and 2.2 rebounds in 13 minutes his first 2 seasons in the NBA as a member of the Portland Trail Blazers, and was sent to the Rockets as part of the Scottie Pippen trade. But that didn’t stop Les Alexander and general manager Carroll Dawson from signing him to a 6-year, $42 million contract extension just days before the 1999-’00 season was set to begin.

Cato’s most productive season with with the Rockets was his first year, when he averaged a measly 8.7 points and 6 rebounds while mostly coming off the bench. In his 5 seasons with Houston, Cato averaged 6.1 points and 4.2 rebounds, and will forever be remembered in H-Town lore when local rappers Slim Thug & ESG threw a shot at him in their song, “This Is For My”.

ESG says “Somebody tell Kelvin Cato we want our money back” at the 3 minute mark:

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