The Houston Rockets will decline their $6.2 million team option on forward Francisco Garcia's contract for next season, according to Mark Berman of Fox 26 Houston. The move will make Garcia an unrestricted free agent this summer, though he's said in the past he'd like to return to Houston.
Garcia, 32, joined the Rockets in February from the Sacramento Kings along with 2012 first-round pick Thomas Robinson. Emerging as a key player for the team down the stretch, he played a major role during the exciting playoff series against the Oklahoma City Thunder.
Though he's a limited scorer at this point, Garcia can still knock down jumpers and provide length to a defense. In the modern game, players with his skill set are becoming increasingly valuable, so it won't be surprising if the Rockets decide to bring him back on a smaller salary.
In 58 games between Houston and Sacramento this season, Garcia averaged 5.5 points per game and hit over 37 percent of his 3-pointers. During the playoffs, he averaged 10.7 points while playing 27.3 minutes per contest.