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Rockets to sign Jae’Sean Tate at beginning of free agency

The former Ohio State Buckeye played in Australia last season.

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While the Rockets are caught in the middle of potentially upending the direction of their franchise in the trade market, they are also making moves in free agency.

Marc Stein of the New York Times reports that the Rockets will sign former Ohio State Buckeye Jae’Sean Tate at the beginning of free agency Friday.

Tate averaged 11.7 points per game in four years at Ohio State, starting in every game during his final three seasons. He went undrafted in 2018 and spent one year in Germany before making the move to Australia to play with the Sydney Kings.

He enjoyed a lot of success in his year with the Kings, averaging 16.4 points per game while shooting 37.3% from distance. While in Sydney, he met Will Weaver, who recently became a an assistant on Stephen Silas’s staff.

Now, Weaver brings a 25 year-old standing 6’4” who can defend anyone 1-5 and has an improving three-point shot.

It appears with Tate the Rockets are bringing on a low-risk, high-reward guy who could be a building block that can morph into a potential role player for the squad.