Rockets Ink Garcia and Henriquez

by Jason Friedman Writer/Reporter

HOUSTON - Houston Rockets General Manager Daryl Morey announced Friday that the team has re-signed unrestricted free agent guard/forward Francisco Garcia. In addition, the team announced the signing of rookie free agent center Jordan Henriquez.

Garcia (6-7, 195, Louisville) has averaged 8.3 points, 2.6 rebounds and 1.4 assists in 480 career games (133 starts) with Sacramento and Houston. Acquired by the Rockets in a trade with the Kings on Feb. 20, 2013, Garcia averaged 6.4 points, 1.3 rebounds, 1.1 assists and 0.78 steals in 18 games (five starts) during his first season with Houston. Garcia also played a large role in Houston’s playoff series with Oklahoma City, averaging 10.7 points, 3.3 rebounds and 1.5 assists in six games (three starts) against the Thunder.

Garcia, who was the longest tenured King when acquired by the Rockets, averaged 5.2 points, 1.7 boards and 1.1 assists in 17.8 minutes per outing over 40 games (15 starts) with Sacramento in 2012-13. Entering his ninth NBA season, Garcia was originally selected by the Kings as an early entry candidate out of Louisville with the 23rd overall pick in the 2005 NBA Draft.

Henriquez (6-11, 250, Kansas State) was a member of the Rockets 2013 Orlando Pro Summer League squad, where he averaged 4.3 points and 3.8 rebounds in four games (one start). Undrafted in the 2013 NBA Draft, Henriquez averaged 4.7 points, 4.5 rebounds and 1.67 blocks in 126 career games over four seasons at Kansas State. He actually finished his career as K-State’s career leader in blocked shots (210).

Henriquez played in 33 games (21 starts) as a senior, averaging 5.0 points, 5.0 rebounds and 1.94 blocks. He helped Kansas State post a 27-8 overall record en route to its first-ever Big 12 regular season championship and a fourth consecutive trip to the NCAA Tournament. As a junior, Henriquez was named to the Big 12 All-Defensive Team after breaking the school single-season mark for blocked shots (77).


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