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Rockets pick up 2013-14 options on contracts for Patterson and Morris

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Rockets forward Patrick Patterson, who has become a key member of the team, officially had his option for the 2013-14 season picked up by the club.

The move was no surprise.

Last season Patterson played in 64 games, starting one, and averaged 7.7 points and 4.5 rebounds per game.

Patterson's agent, Odell McCants, received the official word from general manager Daryl Morey on Tuesday.

"Excited to have a commitment for Patrick to be there next year, his fourth year," McCants said in an interview with FOX 26 Sports.

"We're real excited about his progress this offseason and looking forward to a very productive season this year."

The agent for second-year forward Marcus Morris, Tony Dutt, says the Rockets have also picked up the 2013-14 option on Morris' contract as well.

Morris, the 2011 first-round pick from Kansas, played in 17 games last year and averaged 2.4 points per game.

"I think it's good," Dutt said. "We expected them too and he's been playing really well, from what I've been told.

"I think they really expect him to get minutes this year and to be part of the rotation."

Dutt said he received the official word on Morris' contract from Morey on Tuesday.

"He understands the process and so he's excited about having another year to prove himself," Dutt said.

"The fact that last year was kind of a tough year for everyone in Houston and so now he's going to get the chance to start anew, now that they believe enough in him to keep moving and hopefully he'll have an opportunity to play."



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