Daryl Morey says Clint Capela ‘couldn’t price himself out’ of the Rockets
In a recent article written by Tim MacMahon of ESPN, Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey is still very high on up-and-coming center Clint Capela, despite last month’s news that the 23-year-old did not get a rookie-scale contract extension.
“The only way [to overcome the Warriors] is to develop near-elite two-way players,” Morey said. “I think Clint has that potential. He’s on the way. He took a big step forward last year. It’s a lot to put on one guy, but we need one more step, at least.”
According to Dan Feldman of NBC Sports, the Rockets already have $76 million in 2018-19 and more than $85 million in 2019-20 that will go to five players: superstar point guard James Harden, forward Ryan Anderson, shooting guard Eric Gordon, forward P.J. Tucker and center Nene. Three of the team’s starters this season in Capela, point guard Chris Paul, and forward Trevor Ariza will all become free agents during the summer of 2018.
However, Morey is convinced that the Rockets will do whatever is necessary to make sure that Capela sticks around as a key member of the team.
“We’ll have him here as long as he’ll have us,” Morey said. “He couldn’t price himself out.”
Clint Capela is making a strong case this season for the Most Improved Player award as the center is currently averaging 13.1 points, 11.5 rebounds, and 1.7 blocked shots per game in 26.1 minutes per contest.
The Rockets (11-4) will be in Arizona tonight to take on the Phoenix Suns (5-10) at Talking Stick Resort Arena. The contest, which is scheduled to tip off shortly after 9:30 p.m. CT, will be broadcast nationally on TNT.
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