Dillon Brooks and the Rockets agree to a 4-year, $80 million contract.

Dillon Brooks and the Rockets agree to a 4-year, $80 million contract.

Dillon Brooks, a free agent wing, and the Houston Rockets have reached an agreement on a four-year, $80 million deal, according to Mike George of One Legacy Sports, who represented Brooks.

According to reports, the yearly pay for the contract will decrease.

According to sources cited by Wojnarowski, the Rockets and unrestricted free agency centre Jock Landale reached a four-year, $32 million agreement. The deal’s only guaranteed season is the first one.

The Rockets want to advance next season under new head coach Ime Udoka with these two additions in addition to the significant acquisition of point guard Fred VanVleet.

As a second-round selection who moved to Memphis, Brooks, 27, spent his whole six-year career playing for the Grizzlies. He developed into a crucial starter for a club that reached the playoffs each of the previous three seasons, and his nomination to the second team of the All-Defensive team last season spoke to his status as one of the NBA’s top wing defenders.

However, because to his often hostile behaviour and bad shot selection, the Grizzlies decided against trying to re-sign Brooks in free agency. That choice was made not long after the second-seeded Memphis Grizzlies were defeated by the Los Angeles Lakers in the first round. During that series, Brooks gained notoriety for mockingly referring to LeBron James as “old.” For failing to satisfy his media duties after Memphis’ previous three defeats, Brooks received a $25,000 fine from the NBA and finished the series with a 31.2% field goal percentage.

For a few years, Brooks’ place in the Grizzlies’ offence has been a source of controversy. In 2021–22, he averaged a career-high 18.4 points per game, although his effective field goal percentage was just 47.5%.

Brooks ended up averaging 14.3 points and 13.6 field goal attempts per game, both of which were the lowest totals in his career as a starter.

The day after the Grizzlies were eliminated, Brooks remarked in his departure interview, “I don’t think I lost anything on the offensive end.” “I was just there to shoot, play defence, and 3-and-D. I bring a lot more to the table than that.

Landale, who made a name for himself with the Phoenix Suns last season, now has his first significant NBA deal. Before making his NBA debut with the San Antonio Spurs in 2021, he played for four years at Saint Mary’s and for a few years abroad.

Landale, 27, played in seven of the Suns’ playoff games, averaging 6.6 points and 4.1 rebounds in 14.2 minutes per game.

When Landale saw the floor in Phoenix, he showed himself to be a dependable backup centre, a capable finisher, and a solid rebounder. In over 1,000 total minutes this season, the Suns won while Landale was on the field, outscoring opponents by 7.9 points for every 100 possessions.

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