Bobby Marks: We now have 4 restricted free agents left …

Bobby Marks: We now have 4 restricted free agents left on the board after the Marcus Smart signing: Clint Capela (HOU), Rodney Hood (CLE), Patrick McCaw (GSW) and Montrezl Harrell (LAC).

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Jordan Schultz: Multiple league sources still expect the #Rockets to resign Clint Capela, despite him previously turning down Houston’s 5-year, $85M offer.
Jonathan Feigen: Rockets offer to Clint Capela on July 1 was five years, $85 million, two individuals with knowledge of the offer said. With incentives, the deal could be worth $90 million. Rockets remain optimistic sides a deal will be reached. "Absolutely," one of the individuals said.
Peter Vecsey: Houston swears it’ll match any offer to Clint Capella. It’s a mistake, I submit, to force to securing a proposition. The Rockets should take care of him the way he covers for others. If they don’t, look for him to relocate next summer for the max.
Jonathan Feigen: D'Antoni, on NBA-TV, laughed a bit to the question about keeping Capela. "Oh yeah, he's a restricted free agent so we have a pretty good chance."
David Aldridge: Certainly makes sense for LA to look into Capela, even if it’s a long shot. Can’t imagine Rockets wouldn’t match any potential offer sheet, but no harm in trying.
The Houston Rockets, meanwhile, are widely expected to simply focus on re-signing their free agents Paul and Clint Capela in hopes of bringing back essentially the same team that fell just one win short of an N.B.A. finals berth. They’re scarcely even mentioned anymore as a potential James destination.
If Jordan decides to pass on the option, Dallas would be forced to try to sign him in free agency. Other potential frontcourt targets for the Mavericks in that scenario include the All-Star big man DeMarcus Cousins of the New Orleans Pelicans and the restricted free agent Clint Capela of the Houston Rockets. The Clippers have granted permission to Jordan and his New York-based agent, Jeff Schwartz, to explore trade scenarios with other teams as they weigh the pros and cons of opting into the final season of Jordan’s current contract, according to the people.
That’s the logic Schlenk used in the biggest trade of the night: trading the no. 3 pick (Slovenian point forward Luka Doncic) to the Dallas Mavericks for no. 5 (Young) and a top-five-protected 2019 first-rounder that will become fully unprotected in 2023. However, based on Dallas’s desire to pursue free agents like DeMarcus Cousins or Clint Capela this summer, per sources, there’s a chance that protected pick conveys next year.
With free agency approaching, Capela is due for a huge payday. He is currently in the final year of his rookie deal, making approximately $2.3 million this season. Even though he is a restricted free agent, Clint Capela figures to have a list of suitors once July 1 arrives. According to a league source, one such team is the Phoenix Suns. They have kept tabs on him throughout the season, and have reportedly become “enamored” with him. They have plans to offer Capela a max or near-max contract once free agency begins. The source requested anonymity because he isn’t authorized to comment on the Suns’ plans.
Bleacher Report: Rockets will “hunt” LeBron in free agenecy, hope to sign CP3 to long-term deal, per @ZachLowe_NBA Evan Sidery?: Called it. This gives any other team interested in Clint Capela the opportunity to steal him if LeBron takes his time on a decision. *cough, Phoenix, cough* Jared Dudley: Capela not goin anywhere..they’ll wait and sign him after free agents so they can go over the cap.
The Rockets did not get too deep into discussions with big man Clint Capela, either. Now, he’s averaging 13.3 points, 11.4 rebounds and leading the league with a 70.7 percent shooting percentage.
This is a big year for Clint Capela and the team for another reason: the Rockets chose not to offer an extension to his rookie contract, as their team policy has come to be. Next summer, he will enter into restricted free agency. He says he isn’t letting contract talks and negotiations distract him. “Honestly, I'm not worried about it," Capela said. "I'm looking just forward to the season, stay healthy and we'll see what happens next summer. I just move forward, try to do the best for the team.”
Rockets center Clint Capela will become a restricted free agent next off-season, a person with knowledge of the Rockets' plans said. The team and its starting center will let the today's deadline to reach an agreement on a contract extension pass.
Capela, 23,will begin his fourth season on Tuesday against the Warriors, but the Rockets have never signed one of their draft picks to a long-term extension while in their rookie contract. They will have the right to match any offer sheet he signs as a free agent in an off-season expected to be loaded with top talent and relatively little cap room. Capela said he was unconcerned with being a free agent after the season. "Honestly, my agent handles that," Capela said. "If I sign, that's good. But it won't matter. If I have to wait until next year, it won't bother me. I'm here. I'm healthy. I'm playing. That's all that matters."
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Alex English: Can’t say I am not disappointed for not being included on the 75th anniversary team after seeing the list. I felt the same after the first list of 50. I have always known that my understated style wasn’t conducive to being associated with such a flamboyant sport, especially when you start making ” the best of” lists. I know that my body of work as an @NBA player stands up to the test and would put it to test against many on the list,I am content with that. I congratulate the Players that were selected.
He watched the top-seeded Lakers cruise through the preliminary games and then dispatch Portland, Houston and Denver before facing Miami in the Finals. When the Lakers won Game 6 to clinch the franchise’s 17th championship, Bradley said, the first call he received was from Lakers vice president Rob Pelinka. “That made me feel so good, like I was part of the team,” Bradley said. “I know my teammates at that time might have been upset with me or thought that I gave up on them or whatever, but I think everyone knows my heart.”
Then, with 11 games remaining in the season, Bradley’s son, also named Avery but known in the family as Liam, developed a high fever. Bradley left the Grizzlies to return to Austin to be with his wife, Ashley, and their three kids. Liam was treated for a 104-degree fever, but, Bradley said, Liam’s temperature did not go down once they returned home. “None of the medication was working at the time,” Bradley said. By the time they returned to a 24-hour clinic, Bradley said, his son had developed pneumonia. Fluid filled his lungs. The family spent nearly two weeks in the hospital trying to get the fever down.
None of this was known publicly at the time. When Bradley opted out of the bubble, news reports said only that Bradley’s son had a history of respiratory illness. They said nothing about the weeks spent at Liam’s bedside, of the pain they felt watching their baby boy suffer, the fear that it could happen again. The coronavirus targets the lungs and causes some people to contract pneumonia. For the Bradleys, that was terrifying. “We just didn’t know anything about the virus,” Bradley said. “Of course, we were just as nervous as everyone else.”
As he drove toward the comforts of home, he didn’t yet know that he was essentially leaving his best chance at playing for a championship behind him. “I don’t regret it at all,” Bradley said. “I do wish I could have been there with the guys and had a chance to win the championship, but it’s something that we prayed about at that time. I was like, I have to put it in God’s hands and let him make the decision or I’ll always live with regret.”