HoopsHype Clint Capela rumors

December 16, 2014 Updates
December 2, 2014 Updates

Jonathan Feigen: Rockets recall Clint Capela from the D-League. In his six games in RGV, averaged nine points, 7.2 rebounds and 3.2 blocks. Twitter @Jonathan_Feigen

November 16, 2014 Updates

The Houston Rockets assigned Clint Capela, their 25th pick in the 2014 draft, to the Rio Grande Valley Vipers on Monday. The assignment is primarily for rehabilitation reasons, as Capela is currently nursing a groin injury that he suffered in preseason with the Rockets. He was forced to sit out the Vipers' season opener on Friday because of the injury, but made his debut on Saturday night against the Austin Spurs. In 12 minutes, Capela scored 10 points on 5-for-7 shooting, pulled down five rebounds, and blocked four shots. According to The Monitor's Dennis Silva, Capela will continue to be on a 15-minute restriction as he recovers from his injury. Ridiculous Upside

November 10, 2014 Updates

Houston Rockets General Manager Daryl Morey announced that the team assigned center Clint Capela to Houston’s single-affiliation NBA D-League partner Rio Grande Valley. Capela (6-10, 245, France), appeared in one game with the Rockets so far this season on November 6th versus San Antonio, recording three rebounds and one assist. The former Elan Chalon player out of France was selected by the Rockets 25th overall in the 2014 NBA Draft. This will be Capela’s first appearance in the NBA D-League. NBA.com

October 19, 2014 Updates

“The Vipers have been great for us,” McHale said. “We sent guys down here. It helped them. D-Mo was down here. Terrence came down for a while. It really helps their game a lot. I like it. Like this year, will be a huge year for Clint Capela down here. That will be fantastic. Nick Johnson will be able to uses this to improve. It’s been fantastic for us. “ Houston Chronicle

October 5, 2014 Updates

Rockets rookie Clint Capela has been unable to practice this week because of a groin injury. After a film session Saturday morning, he said he wasn’t sure when he would be able to return. He did say that the recovery was coming along well and that the plan he is on now will take six weeks. Houston Chronicle

October 2, 2014 Updates

Rookie Clint Capela not only is the one Rockets player with no NBA experience, even in Summer League, he also has missed the week with a groin injury. The Rockets have not given a timetable for when he could begin workouts. “He’s got a groin pull and I’ve seen him work on that foam roller on his back,” Rockets coach Kevin McHale said. “Every once in a while he moves over and does the thigh foam roller, so he’s kind of doing the Jane Fonda workout. I haven’t seen him on the floor yet. But I’m sure it’s been strenuous.” Houston Chronicle

August 12, 2014 Updates

Clint Capela leaves Swiss National Team due to injury, journalist Omar Gargantini reports. The NBA rookie already travelled to Houston. Capela won’t play with Swiss National Team the three remaining games for Eurobasker 2015 QR. Sportando

July 25, 2014 Updates

Jonathan Feigen: Rockets announce the signings of Clint Capela, Nick Johnson. Johnson gets the three-year deal we mentioned on Wednesday. Twitter @Jonathan_Feigen

July 23, 2014 Updates

Marc J. Spears: Rookie forward Clint Capela just signed his rookie contract with the Rockets, a source said. Also, Rockets rookie forward Clint Capela is expected to be on the team's roster next season, not overseas, a source told Yahoo. Twitter @SpearsNBAYahoo

July 22, 2014 Updates
July 14, 2014 Updates

After weeks of uncertainty about their plans for their first-round pick, the Rockets are working on signing Clint Capela in time to begin his NBA career next season. The Rockets have been working with Capela on his buyout and FIBA letter of clearance, ending the idea that he would remain in Europe for at least another season, a person with knowledge of their decision said. Because contracts for first-round picks are slotted, there is not expected to be issues with signing Capela once he and the Rockets work through the FIBA clearance. Houston Chronicle

July 13, 2014 Updates
July 12, 2014 Updates

The Houston Rockets and their 2014 NBA first round draft pick Clint Capela are in a contract dispute following the team’s failed attempt to lure Chris Bosh from Miami, league sources informed CSNNW.com. According to one source, for cap space, the Rockets requested that Capela spend another season in France, believing they would land Bosh in free agency. Capela’s representatives were strongly against that idea and that still stands. Friction amongst the two sides is ongoing, sources say. There’s a $500,000 buyout to free the 6-11 forward from his French team. CSNNW.com

July 6, 2014 Updates

Capela befriended some other French NBA players, like Portland's Nicolas Batum, and picked up valuable advice. "He told me if I worked hard and was very serious, I could make it to the NBA," Capela said. "He still gives me advice and helps me while I am going through everything." Capela has found comfort in the fact that the NBA has become such an international league. "There are so many players from different countries, and France has a lot of players," Capela said. "That makes it feel better for me to come here." Houston Chronicle

June 30, 2014 Updates

“Clint Capela, folks in the States haven’t had much of a chance to see him, but he’s a top young big in the French League and really all of Europe. Really right away he provides defense, rebounding, shot blocking with a ton of potential with his size and length. He’s somebody who’s really excited to get his career going. We’ve met with his agent and we’re still working together on the best possible plan for him," Morey said. "We have a great track record with developing young bigs whether it be Patrick Patterson who went on to be a starter, or Donatas Motiejunas who’s a rotation player or Terrence Jones who’s obviously a starter. We’re going to work together and put together a plan. He’s 20-years-old and has a big future and we’re going to do what’s best for all parties. NBA.com

June 28, 2014 Updates

Capela, who just turned 20, could remain overseas for several years. That will save the Rockets a small bit of the cap room they hope to use on free-agent targets like LeBron James or Carmelo Anthony. The 25th pick is slotted to earn roughly $991,000, but since empty roster spots have a cap hold of $500,000, choosing a player who would be on next season's roster would not have cost the Rockets much extra cap space. Capela, however, said he hopes to join the Rockets this season and that the team knew of his plans. "I want to come this year and really work hard here," said Capela, who compared his game to Oklahoma City forward Serge Ibaka. "I can really run the floor," Capela said. "I can play tough. I can do this with regularity. I think I need to build up my physicality and my medium-range shot." Houston Chronicle

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