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Clint Capela | Center | #15

Team: Houston Rockets
Age / DOB:  (24) / 5/18/1994
Ht / Wt:  6'10' / 240
College: Switzerland
Drafted: 2014 / Rd. 1 (25) / HOU
Contract: view contract details

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Chris Paul said on NBATV that the Rockets knew Clint Capela wasn't going anywhere.
James Harden said something similar at Team USA minicamp, so it was basically just all about the negotiation for Capela to get a little extra money from the original offer on July 1. With the Rockets losing some important depth and replacing it with defensive liabilities, Capela could have an even bigger year than his career campaign in 2017-18. Aug 10 - 6:12 PM

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Clint Capela and the Rockets have reached an agreement on a five-year, $90 million deal.

It's a fair deal all around and it has no team or player options. It took almost a month for the Rockets to sign their up-and-coming big man after his breakout season. Capela still gets a hefty raise and credit to his team to get five more million after the Rockets reportedly offered a five-year, $85 million deal back on July 1 -- Capela also tweeted a sad-face emoji on the first. He's still just 24 years old and basically put up career-high stats across the board. He's an option in the early rounds of drafts.
Jul 27 - 4:14 PM

Jonathan Feigen of the Houston Chronicle is reporting that the Rockets offered Clint Capela a five-year, $85 million deal back on July 1.

There were also some incentives that could have pushed the deal up to $90 million. This is obviously significantly higher than previous reports -- ESPN's Tim MacMahon said on Tuesday morning that the offer was in the $60 million range. Feigen adds that the Rockets remain optimistic that a deal will be reached, but it's a bit surprising that it's taken this long for one of the best young centers in the NBA.
Jul 10 - 8:34 PM

ESPN's Tim MacMahon is reporting that Clint Capela and the Rockets are currently at a standstill in negotiations.

Per the report, the Rockets' initial offer to Capela was in the four-year, $60 million range. However, Capela is seeking a deal closer to $100 million over four seasons. Capela is a restricted free agent, so Houston can match any offer he receives this summer. Yet, Capela could also choose to sign his one-year qualifying offer and then hit the market as an unrestricted free agent next July. The Rockets would prefer to avoid that situation, as there would be a chance of losing him for nothing in that scenario.
Jul 10 - 9:33 AM

Clint Capela is reportedly unhappy with Houston over contract negotiations.

His initial meeting with the Rockets didn't go well, as there is reportedly a "major difference in valuation." Capela was offered something similar to the four-year, $53 million deal that Jusuf Nurkic got in Portland, but Capela values himself somewhere int he four-year, $80 million range. The Rockets aren't in a rush because there aren't many teams with cap space left, but Capela could be tempted to play on the $4.7 million qualifying offer and hit unrestricted free agency next summer.
Source: USA Today
Jul 9 - 9:57 AM

The Lakers will meet this afternoon with restricted free agent Clint Capela, according to David Aldridge of

The Lakers are pulling a juggling act right now as they look to make a splash. They're also meeting with Boogie Cousins, so maybe the can land one of the two after whiffing on Paul George. Capela is going to get a big pay raise this month, but the Rockets are still very likely to match.
Jul 1 - 2:34 PM

Restricted free agent Clint Capela and his agents will meet with Rockets' executives on Sunday, according to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski.

Houston can match any offer sheet Capela signed as an RFA, but they may try to sign him outright before it gets to that stage. Trevor Ariza left for Phoenix but the Rockets did retain Chris Paul on a max four-year deal, and they're obviously committed to keeping the core intact.
Jul 1 - 2:20 AM

Clint Capela dominated on Monday with 20 points, nine rebounds and two steals, but the Rockets still dropped Game 7 to Golden State.

Capela was 9-of-10 from the field, but he was hacked a few times and wasn't able to punish the Warriors at the free throw line (2-of-6 FTs). Capela is a rising star for the Rockets and will become a restricted free agent this summer, so don't be surprised if some max offers are in his future. We'd expect the Rockets to retain him, though it will be extremely difficult if they are somehow able to sign LeBron James and bring back Chris Paul. He'll be a beast in real life and in fantasy wherever he lands.
May 28 - 11:55 PM

Clint Capela scored two points (1-of-4 FG, 0-of-2 FT) with 16 rebounds and an assist in Houston's 115-86 Game 6 loss to Golden State on Saturday.

He didn't score until the 5:58 mark in the fourth quarter and the Rockets were -32 when he was on the floor. This was his lowest scoring game of the postseason and worst +/- of the entire season. Capela was big on the boards, but he'll need a better performance in Game 7 if the Rockets want to win.
May 26 - 11:23 PM

Clint Capela played only 22 minutes in Game 3, scoring 13 points on 6-of-9 shooting with eight rebounds (four offensive), one assist and one block.

Capela opened the game with a pair of easy buckets at the rim, but Draymond Green and the Warriors' defense held him at bay after that early flurry. The Rockets really struggled in the first half with 10 turnovers and 14 missed shots in the paint, including a ton of layups, and Mike D'Antoni opted to go small to claw back from a double-digit deficit -- it didn't work. Capela's rim protection was sorely missed when he was out of the game, and it will be interesting to see what D'Antoni does in Game 4 -- Capela had played at least 27 minutes in every playoff game prior to tonight.
May 20 - 10:43 PM

The Suns are reportedly prepared to offer Clint Capela "a max or near-max contract" once free agency begins this offseason.

Capela will be a restricted free agent this offseason, and Houston will most likely be matching any offer he receives on the open market, as owner Tilman Fertita has already said he's more than willing to go into the luxury tax to keep Chris Paul, Trevor Ariza, James Harden and Capela together. Capela has been lighting it up through the playoffs thus far with averages of 14.4 points, 12.2 rebounds and 2.8 swats per contest, so he'll assuredly be getting paid this summer.
Source: USA Today
May 14 - 5:45 PM

Clint Capela had another dominant game on Sunday with 12 points on 6-of-11 shooting, 15 rebounds, six blocks, two assists and two steals in a team-high 37 minutes.

Capela was everywhere down the stretch to seal the victory, helping Houston earn a 3-1 series lead. He's been a monster all year long and is bringing his best game vs. Rudy Gobert in this series, averaging 15.0 points on 59.6% shooting, 11.5 boards, 3.0 blocks, 2.3 assists and 1.5 steals. He's also committed a mere four turnovers in 33.5 minutes per game, and is setting himself up for a massive contract in restricted free agency this summer.
May 6 - 10:57 PM

Clint Capela scored 11 points with eight rebounds, four assists, two steals and four blocks in 30 minutes against the Jazz on Friday.

Those two steals match his playoff career-high and it's the first time he's had two blocks and two steals in a postseason outing. He was tremendous on defense and there's a strong correlation with Capela blocking shots and wins with Houston now going 25-0 when he had three-plus blocks in a game during the postseason and regular season. He doesn't get enough credit as one of the best centers in the NBA.
May 5 - 1:01 AM

Clint Capela racked up a double-double with 16 points and 12 rebounds in Sunday's 110-96 victory over the Jazz.

Houston is up 1-0 in the series, and at least for one game, Capela had a much greater impact than his counterpart Rudy Gobert. Capela rounded out his line with a steal, a block, and a turnover on 7-of-13 shooting (2-of-4 free throws) in his 35.5 minutes of action. Perhaps it's finally time to stop overlooking Capela's importance to Houston's overall success.
Apr 29 - 6:19 PM

Clint Capela sank 12-of-14 shots during Houston's series-clinching win on Wednesday, scoring 26 points with 15 rebounds, one steal and one block in 33 minutes.

The Rockets dropped 50 points in the third quarter during Game 4, and they created separation after halftime again tonight with a 30-15 edge in the third quarter. They've yet to lose a game all season when Capela scores 20+ points and his presence around the rim is an ideal counterpoint to all of Houston's 3-point shooting. He didn't commit a single turnover tonight and was probably on a lot of winning DFS teams with 48.5 fantasy points.
Apr 26 - 12:56 AM

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PG1Chris Paul
2Michael Carter-Williams
SG1James Harden
2Eric Gordon
3De'Anthony Melton
SF1James Ennis
2Gerald Green
3Vince Edwards
PF1Carmelo Anthony
2P.J. Tucker
3Ryan Anderson
C1Clint Capela
2Nene Hilario
3Isaiah Hartenstein
4Zhou Qi