The Houston Rockets and center Clint Capela have a new contract in place.
It took longer than most anticipated, but Capela, a restricted free agent, agreed to a five-year, $90 million extension with the Rockets on Friday, according to multiple outlets.
As a restricted free agent, Houston risked Capela fielding offer sheets from other teams. He also could have accepted his $4.7 million qualifying offer with his eyes on unrestricted free agency next summer. But ultimately the two sides got a deal done to keep the Swiss big man with the Rockets for the foreseeable future.
Capela is coming off a career year
Houston set a franchise record with 65 wins before losing to the Golden State Warriors in Game 7 of the Western Conference Finals. Capela’s presence on both ends of the floor, defense especially, played a big role in the team’s success.
The 24-year-old set career highs by averaging 13.9 points, 10.8 rebounds and 1.9 blocks per game while shooting a league-best 65.2 percent from the field. Capela, who totaled 42 double-doubles, finished second behind Victor Oladipo in the voting for the NBA’s Most Improved award.
Capela’s teammate, NBA MVP James Harden, was happy to hear about the agreement.
James Harden reacts to the Rockets getting a deal done to retain restricted free agent big man Clint Capela on a five-year, $90 million deal pic.twitter.com/uBKyiAWV7o
— Sam Amick (@sam_amick) July 27, 2018
Is Carmelo Anthony Houston’s next move?
With Capela locked in alongside Harden, Chris Paul and Eric Gordon, the Rockets’ next move could be to bring in 10-time All-Star Carmelo Anthony. Anthony, who played with the Oklahoma City Thunder last season, was recently involved in a three-team trade with OKC, the Atlanta Hawks and Philadelphia 76ers with Anthony landing in Atlanta. However, by all accounts, Atlanta will waive Anthony, allowing him to sign with the team of his choice.
Anthony, who averaged 16.2 points in his lone season with the Thunder, would be an interesting fit with Houston, one Yahoo Sports’ Dan Devine detailed here.
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