The Houston Rockets have secured one of their core players for the foreseeable future, as they agreed to a four-year, $80 million contract extension with shooting guard Dillon Brooks, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.
Brooks, who was set to become a restricted free agent next summer, has been a key contributor for the Rockets since they acquired him from the Memphis Grizzlies in a three-team trade in January. He averaged 17.2 points, 3.3 rebounds and 2.3 assists per game in 51 games with Houston last season, while shooting 40.8 percent from the field and 37.5 percent from three-point range.
The 25-year-old Brooks is a versatile defender who can guard multiple positions and play alongside either John Wall or Kevin Porter Jr. in the backcourt. He also provides a scoring punch and a competitive edge for a young Rockets team that is looking to rebuild after missing the playoffs for the first time in nine years.
Brooks, who was drafted by the Rockets in the second round of the 2017 NBA draft, has improved his scoring average in each of his four seasons in the league. He has also proven his durability, as he has missed only nine games in his career.
The Rockets are clearly invested in Brooks as part of their long-term plans, as they rewarded him with a lucrative deal that will keep him under contract through the 2026-27 season. Brooks will join Christian Wood and Jalen Green as the core pieces of a promising Rockets squad that hopes to return to contention in the near future.
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