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Report: Rockets gauging trade market for Clint Capela

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ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported Wednesday that the Houston Rockets are hellbent on improving their roster, noting that essentially the entire roster is available, with James Harden as the possible lone exception. Woj already said Chris Paul could be traded in the right deal, and The New York Times’ Marc Stein is reporting that the Rockets have been gauging the trade market for starting center Clint Capela:

Capela finished the season averaging 16.6 points on 64.8 percent shooting, 12.7 rebounds, and 1.5 blocks. However, he struggled during the second round of the playoffs, which is one of the main reasons why the Rockets lost to the Golden State Warriors.

If Rockets GM Daryl Morey is serious about blowing up the team, then it’s possible that he has already given up on the core of Harden, CP3, and Capela. Whether or not a deal could be done during the offseason remains to be seen, but Houston will most likely entertain offers from teams that can give them experienced players, rather than young pieces and draft picks.

The Rockets have been one of the best teams in the West over the last few years, but they haven’t been able to get it done against the Warriors, losing to them in four of the last five postseasons. In addition, the championship window for the Harden-Paul duo is starting to close, so it’s understandable why the Rockets would want to make drastic moves.

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