Francisco Garcia's coming back

Francisco Garcia's coming back
July 6, 2013, 12:30 pm
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Francisco Garcia will be coming back to the Houston Rockets.

CSN Houston has confirmed this after multiple reports (from Sam Amick, Marc Spears, Marc Stein) surfaced Saturday that Garcia will be back with the team next season. Garcia had been acquired from the Kings in the Thomas Robinson deal where the Rockets gave up Patrick Patterson, Toney Douglas, and Cole Aldrich. He proved his worth in the playoffs, especially after injuries to both Jeremy Lin and Carlos Delfino. Garcia shot over 45-percent from three-point land in the postseason, and he was the Rockets' leading shooter from distance over that time. In that first round against the Thunder, Garcia twice scored 18 points and became a key defender against Kevin Durant.

The reports indicate Garcia is coming back to a two-year, $2.6 million dollar deal with a player's option in the second year of the deal. Just a few months earlier, after his strong playoff performance, Garcia's future with the Rockets was in doubt. In May, Houston opted to decline their team option that would have paid Garcia $6.4 million, as room needed to be created for their ultimately successful push for Dwight Howard. Now, a day after Howard chooses Houston, Garcia's coming too.

Free agents cannot officially sign until July 10.