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Rockets keep Garcia, add Casspi

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The Houston Rockets have reached agreements with guard-forward Francisco Garcia and free-agent forward Omri Casspi, the Houston Chronicle reported.

Garcia, 32, came to the Rockets from the Sacramento Kings at the trade deadline this past season in the deal with Thomas Robinson.

The Rockets decided not to pick up the option on the final year of Garcia's $6.5 million contract after the season but instead reached a deal on a two-year veteran's minimum contract of $2.6 million.

The 6-foot-7 Garcia averaged 6.4 points in 18 regular-season games with the Rockets and 10.7 points against Oklahoma City in the first round of the playoffs.

"I feel good, man," Garcia told the Chronicle. "I like the team, the coaching staff, the organization. I'm glad to be back."

The 25-year-old Casspi also agreed to a veteran's minimum contract. The Kings' former first-round draft pick also has played for Cleveland, averaging 4.0 points and 2.7 rebounds in 43 games last season for the Cavaliers. In Houston, Casspi could take over the role of Carlos Delfino.
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