Unlike the Thunder with Dort, the Rockets aren’t paying Tate an eye-popping salary.
But Houston is predictably locking in Tate long-term.
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The Rockets had significant leverage over Tate. If they exercised his cheap option, he would’ve been a restricted free agent in 2023, too. (Dort would’ve been unrestricted.) So, Houston could exchange giving Tate an especially early raise for him getting less overall compensation.
Tate is a tough, smart and versatile defender who plays bigger than his 6-foot-4 frame. He passes and cuts well, fitting in offensively.
At 27, Tate – who began his career overseas – is a little old for the rebuilding Rockets, who’ve left the last two drafts with seven first-round picks. But every team could use a player like Tate. Houston isn’t letting him go.