RUMOR: Rockets initiated Clint Capela trade talks with Celtics
The Houston Rockets were the ones who initiated Clint Capela trade talks with the Boston Celtics, according to Steve Bulpett of the Boston Herald.
Ben Rohrbach of Yahoo Sports is reporting the the Rockets “desperately” want to trade Capela at the NBA trade deadline, while Jabari Young of CNBC adds that Houston is “done” with Capela:
According to an executive from the West who’s been involved tangentially in the talks, the discussions about Clint Capela have been generated by the Rockets. Beyond the fact it could lead one to question why a team so bent on going for a championship NOW — what with James Harden and Russell Westbrook in tow — would be so interesting in moving his 13.9 points and 13.8 rebounds, there is simply the knowledge that opposing teams aren’t getting into a bidding war for the big man. Which is perhaps why Houston management doesn’t mind word of talks getting out there, with the hope it will create more interest.
Capela has appeared in 39 games for the Rockets this season. He’s averaging 13.9 points, 13.8 rebounds and 1.2 assists while shooting 62.9 percent from the field and 52.9 percent from the free-throw line.
Right now, Capela is dealing with a nagging heel injury which will likely keep him out for a few games.
Capela is making $14,896,552 this season with the Rockets. He’s owed $16,000,000 next season, $17,103,448 in 2021-22 and $18,206,897 in 2022-23. Capela does most of his damage on alley-oops thanks to James Harden and Russell Westbrook.
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