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Rockets Announce Signing of Kevin Porter Jr. to Multi-Year Contract Extension
Posted: October 17, 2022 -- 3:00 p.m.
The Houston Rockets today announced they have signed guard Kevin Porter Jr. to a multi-year contract extension.
“We value the player and the person that Scoot is becoming and are eager to invest in him and his journey,” said General Manager Rafael Stone. “He's expressed how happy he is to be with this organization and has shown his commitment to putting in the work both on and off the court. We are excited for the opportunity to continue to build something special with him.”
Porter was acquired by Houston via trade with Cleveland on January 22, 2021, and has since appeared in 87 games with 84 starts as a Rocket while averaging 15.9 points, 6.2 assists, 4.2 rebounds, 1.01 steals, and 2.4 3-pointers made. Over the past two seasons, he was one of eight players to have averaged at least 15.0 points per game, 6.0 assists per game, 4.0 rebounds per game, 1.00 steals per game, and 2.0 threes made per game, joining LaMelo Ball, Stephen Curry, Luka Doncic, James Harden, LeBron James, Kyle Lowry, and Fred VanVleet.
The deal is, reportedly, for 4 years and up to $82 million. Only the first year of the contract extension is guaranteed.
Kevin Porter Jr. rookie extension:— Bobby Marks (@BobbyMarks42) October 17, 2022
Year 1 is guaranteed ($15.9M) with year 2 and 3 becoming fully guaranteed on 6/30/24.
There's a 6/30/25 guaranteed date for the 2026-27 season.
The contract also includes incentives for games played and team success.
The Seattle native did not turn 22 years old until after last season ended. Over his 35 games played in 2021-22, Porter averaged 3.1 threes made per game on 40.4% shooting and was one of five players with at least six games played over that span to have averaged at least 3 threes made per game while shooting 40.0% or better. He also had an assist-to-turnover ratio of 2.54 over his final 32 games played last season, up from a 1.65 ratio his first 55 games as a Rocket.
Porter recorded 50 points and 11 assists vs. Milwaukee on April 29, 2021, becoming the fifth-youngest player to have scored 50-plus points in NBA history and he eclipsed LeBron James as the youngest to have done so while recording 10-plus assists. Porter had 30 points, 12 rebounds, and 12 assists vs. Sacramento on March 30, 2022, becoming the youngest Rocket to have recorded a triple-double in franchise history. Porter became the fourth player in NBA history under the age of 22 to have recorded both a 50-point game and a triple-double, joining LeBron James, Brandon Jennings, and Trae Young.
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