The Rockets have declined the fourth-year option on forward Marquese Chriss, according to ESPN.
Rockets declined 4th-year option on Marquese Chriss, source tells ESPN.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) October 31, 2018
Chriss would have been due more than $4 million in 2019-20 if the Rockets had picked up his option.
Houston acquired the 2016 first-round pick, along with Brandon Knight, in a trade with the Suns this offseason. The Rockets sent Ryan Anderson, and the two seasons left on his four-year, $80 million contract, to Phoenix in that deal.
The Rockets are currently over the cap and are reportedly trying to acquire Jimmy Butler from the Timberwolves. Houston has reportedly been attempting to include both Chriss and Knight in the trade proposal, along with four future first-round picks.
Minnesota was reportedly not inclined to accept the offer because Chriss is coming off an ankle injury and Knight is recovering from knee surgery.
Chriss played in his first game of the season for Houston on Tuesday against the Trail Blazers. He scored four points and added two rebounds.