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Why the Kevin Porter Jr. extension is a massive win for the Houston Rockets 

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Kevin Porter Jr. may have left a lot of money on the table

To illustrate how much Porter may have left on the table, look at the extensions that RJ Barrett, Jordan Poole, and Tyler Herro signed this offseason. Barrett, Herro, and Poole all signed four-year extensions ranging between $120 million and $140 million. There are incentives built into the deals that make reaching those marks unlikely, but the deals are still mostly guaranteed.  

Entering the offseason, each of Barrett, Herro, and Poole had produced at a higher level than Porter, but not so much so that it would be unreasonable for him to match them. Looking at offensive box plus/minus, it’s clear that Porter may be leaving tens of millions of dollars on the table. 

While it’s clear that Porter wasn’t going to be in line for a $120 million contract, the improvement he has shown year-to-year suggests that another leap in production could easily have gotten him in that ballpark. Even if Porter simply matched last season’s production, he would have been able to land a deal that guaranteed him far more than $15.86 million in restricted free agency. 

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