After another playoff exit at the hands of the Golden State Warriors, the Houston Rockets — maybe because their top two stars are not playing nice with one another — are looking to overhaul their roster. An NBA source tells DBcom that starting on Tuesday, the Rockets started the process of making “for-sale” phone calls. And when one of those calls is placed to Dallas, and the subject is center Clint Capela? The Mavericks will be interested.
Wojnarowski reports that all players under contract, besides James Harden, could be moved in the right deal. That leaves players such as aging point guard Chris Paul, the star who is reportedly in conflict with Harden. And it leaves a player like Capela, who an NBA source tells DBcom the Mavs surely envision as a fine front-court partner alongside Kristaps Porzingis.
Salman Ali: Woj on Rockets (@SportsCenter): "I think (Clint) Capela is probably the most tradeable of the group... That's been the name that's been more of a topic here in recent days with the calls that Daryl Morey is generating out of Houston." pic.twitter.com/2iSosBSEjM
Mike Fisher: #Rockets either have already called #Mavs about trading for Clint Capela, or are about to. And when they do? DAL will listen ... pic.twitter.com/UlXJJmuu2d
The Rockets have been more aggressive in offering up Capela in recent days, sources said. Houston has lost in the conference final and conference semifinal to Golden State in consecutive years.
January 17, 2022 | 9:05 pm EST Update
Chris Kirschner: Atlanta’s 10-game home losing streak is done. They get their first home win since Nov. 22 and beat the Bucks 121-114. Hawks are now 18-25. Young: 30/4/11, 7/17 FG Hunter: 20/9, 6/17 FG Collins: 16/12 Okongwu: 12 points, 8 rebounds, 3 blocks, 1 steal
Anthony Slater: Steph Curry isn’t listed on the injury report tomorrow against the Pistons. He will return to open the Warriors’ homestand. Gary Payton II is questionable. Missed the previous two games with back spasms.
Tom Orsborn: Zach Collins said he “believes” the plan is for him to play one more game with Austin on Friday. “Then after that, if that goes well, and the ankle responds to that well, then I should be going back up (to the Spurs),” he said.