Houston Rockets owner Tilman Fertitta was reported to have taken a huge step when he decided to award second-year forward Jae'Sean Tate an early guarantee for his upcoming NBA contract in August.
During that time, Houston Chronicle's Jonathan Feigen said in his report via American online casino: "The decision to guarantee Tate’s contract was directed by Rockets owner Tilman Fertitta, with Fertitta wanting to reward Tate but also to send the message that Tate’s determined play and attitude last season should be considered an example of the team’s priorities."
Not long after, Tate made his first public comments ever since the news broke out to the media. He spoke to Mark Berman of Fox 26 Houston claiming that he is keen on proving Fertitta and the franchise right for the commitment they showed to him.
He said: "I’m very grateful. All the thanks to Rafael [Stone], Patrick [Fertitta], and Tilman, for not only allowing me to have a little bit of comfort, financially, but also having that out of the back of my mind. It just shows how much that they trust me, and how important I am to them. That’s awesome. It just wants to make me work even harder.
"A guy coming from being undrafted and going overseas… not only them guaranteeing one but two years, it just shows that they value me. That’s always great, when somebody shows that they value you. I’m just grateful to be here. I love the city of Houston, and I love being a part of this organization. I’m just excited.
"I’ve been working really hard this summer, and my whole goal is to prove Rafael, Patrick, and Tilman right — that they did the right thing of guaranteeing those contracts. I think they will show this year."
Tate, who stands 6-foot-4, is famous for his prolific defence and he was able to average 11.3 points (50.6% FG), 5.3 rebounds and 29.2 minutes last season. Out of Houston's 72 games, he appeared in 70 of them and he didn't slack in dropping impressive performances in them to win over the team's supporters and the organization which has pivoted him as a key player in their rebuild, and slots online for real money is keeping a close eye on them to see how far they’ll go rebuilding the team.
Tate is considered a first-team starter as they move into the 2021-22 training camp, and the 25-year-old player is currently tied to a contract with the Rockets for at least two more seasons.
In other news, rumours have been going around that Rockets' second-year star Anthony Lamb will be the franchise final addition at training camp.