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).
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."
Sam Amick: The Rockets are obviously all in on restricted free agent Clint Capela as their man in the middle, with plans to match any offer sheet that comes his way. Cousins as a sixth man with all those question marks wasn't appealing.
Bobby Marks: Houston has $119M in salary after the Michael Carter-Williams signing. The Rockets still have to sign restricted free agent Clint Capela and currently have 4 roster spots open. Houston still has the $5.3M tax midlevel available.
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.
Adrian Wojnarowski: Rockets front office will meet with restricted free agent center Clint Capela and his Wasserman Media Group agents on Sunday in Los Angeles, sources tell ESPN.
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.
The Rockets are expected to give Paul a maximum contract, re-sign restricted free-agent center Clint Capela and work to re-sign reserves Luc Mbah a Moute and Gerald Green, sources told The Undefeated. The valuable defensive specialist Trevor Ariza could be an odd man out.
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.
Kelly Iko: Sources: With the majority of NBA lacking in significant cap room from the 2016 and 2017 free agent spending frenzy, #Rockets C Clint Capela expected to earn $12-18M a year in restricted free agency; DAL, PHX among few potential suitors projected to have >$10M in space
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."
June 18, 2021 | 9:58 am EDT Update
Chris Forsberg: Celtics save $9 million in salary between Kemba + Al Horford next season. Horford’s 2022-23 salary is only partially guaranteed, which gives the Celtics a bunch of options with how to proceed. Essentially, path to adding a new third star is a bit easier
The Thunder will eventually make a push toward competing, but that won’t happen until another year or two down the road. For now though, they send a high-priced former Celtic on the roster back to Boston, a place MassLive reported last week that he would love to return to, according to league sources. Moving a first-round pick with Walker to bring back Horford to Boston helps Brad Stevens on a pair of fronts. First, it significantly reduces the payroll for the next two years as Horford only makes $27 million next season and his 2022-23 salary is only partially guaranteed ($14.5 million). Horford also would fit a big hole as a stretch big in the frontcourt in the interim, although it remains unclear how much he has left in the tank after flaming out in Philadelphia.
“There’s two destination that are heavily rumored. The first you just mentioned is the Bucks. If Bud goes, Rick moved in there would immediately allow him to take over a championship contending team.” “There’s a lot of smoke about a potential Rick Carlisle reunion with the Pacers,” said MacMahon. MacMahon indicated that he hasn’t heard that rumor from anyone directly involved. Carlisle was head coach of the Pacers from 2003 until 2007.
The Indiana Pacers had a disappointing 20-21 season in which they fired Nate Bjorkgren as head coach after one season, but Kevin Pritchard will remain in his role running the front office. “Let me say a few things about Indiana,” said Brian Windhorst. “One, I know Kevin Pritchard, their general manager, came out and gave a press conference and made it sound like his future was in some sort of doubt there. That is no longer the case. He has been assured he will be there. I don’t think he was ever really in danger. Herb Simon, who is the owner of the team, is extremely close to him. They have an extremely close relationship. It doesn’t mean they couldn’t make a change. Without going too far, I will say Kevin Pritchard has been assured he’s going to be there.”
The New York Times and subscription sports news site The Athletic have ended their acquisition talks, according to people familiar with the matter. The demise of the deal—which would have united one of media’s best known legacy brands with a respected up-and-comer—came down to money. The people familiar with the matter said the two companies couldn’t agree on a price.
June 18, 2021 | 9:36 am EDT Update
Chris Mannix: Kemba’s relationship with the Celtics had soured after Boston discussed dealing him after his first season with the team. Celtics get off the final two years of Kemba’s contract — but need to move a big trade chip (No. 16 pick) to do it.
Adrian Wojnarowski: Brad Stevens’ first deal as President of Basketball Operations comes with Sam Presti, with whom he’s had a longtime friendship dating back to Butler days. Rare trade ahead of Chicago pre-draft combine, but sides got value they wanted now on a major deal.