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June 30, 2019, 4:10 pmClint CapelaC, Houston Rockets
James Ham of NBC Sports has heard that the Kings were not interested in surrendering a first-round pick in a Clint Capela trade.
Things may have changed, of course, and Sam Amick of The Athletic is reporting that the Kings are a "secured scenario" for Capela should the Rockets need to move pieces out to add Jimmy Butler. Houston figures to go to the highest bidder, and unless the Kings have changed their stance we would imagine that another team could outdo their proposed package if a first-rounder is out of the question.
Source: James Ham on Twitter
June 30, 2019, 1:25 pmClint CapelaC, Houston Rockets
Sam Amick of The Athletic is reporting that the Kings are one of the "secured scenarios" for Clint Capela if the Rockets acquire Jimmy Butler.
The Rockets are said to have deals lined up in case Butler agrees to come to Houston, and now we know that the Kings are one of the potential destinations for the big man. Sacramento is in the center market and Capela would be a solid fit with a fast-paced team, but there is no guarantee that the deal with the Kings is the one that Houston pulls the trigger on. Stay tuned, as Butler's decision will cause lots of other dominoes to fall.
Source: Sam Amick on Twitter
June 28, 2019, 3:50 pmClint CapelaC, Houston Rockets
According to Marc Stein, the Rockets have found themselves a trade partner for Clint Capela, but such a deal depends entirely on whether or not they can acquire Jimmy Butler via sign-and-trade.
It makes sense that Houston would only want to detract from the core if they are 100 percent sure that Butler will be a Rocket. Golden State's injury situation should help ease the Rockets' minds if they do indeed run it back, but it's clear that Daryl Morey is not afraid to take a big swing to put his team over the top. It's hard to imagine Capela's fantasy value taking a serious hit from any trade, as he won't be acquired to serve in a timeshare situation.
Source: Marc Stein on Twitter
June 27, 2019, 7:57 pmJimmy ButlerSG, Philadelphia Sixers
Jonathan Feigen of the Houston Chronicle is reporting that the Rockets are becoming more confident in their ability to land Jimmy Butler and that the team is lining up deals that would make a sign-and-trade possible.
Adding Butler would cost Houston Eric Gordon and Clint Capela, but Feigen notes that P.J. Tucker is not currently expected to be included in any Butler-related trades. This is all still quite early in the process, too, as while the Rockets have started increasing their prep work, they still don't know exactly how Butler feels about the prospect of joining Houston. Stay tuned.
Source: Houston Chronicle
June 26, 2019, 4:07 pmClint CapelaC, Houston Rockets
Adrian Wojnarowski is reporting that the Rockets have offered up Clint Capela, Eric Gordon and P.J. Tucker to teams with cap space in hopes of recouping draft picks that can be used in a sign-and-trade for Jimmy Butler.
Butler has been adamant that he's a max player and seems likely to pursue the best financial offer available, which would put Philadelphia in the driver's seat. If the Rockets do make a compelling case, however, the Sixers might be willing to work on a sign-and-trade considering how Butler behaved last year when he wasn't in a situation that he liked. This way Butler would get his five-year deal and the Sixers would get plenty of assets in return. There are not many teams with tons of cap space available, which is why Capela, Gordon and Tucker are being offered up individually, but they all would be solid additions to most rosters around the league.
Source: Adrian Wojnarowski on Twitter
June 16, 2019, 9:56 amClint CapelaC, Houston Rockets
The Boston Celtics and the Brooklyn Nets are considered to be the two main teams exploring trade scenarios for Clint Capela according to Steve Kyler of Basketball Insiders.
With the biggest trade chip of the summer in Anthony Davis off the table, Capela figures to be next in line to draw significant interest around the league. In the Celtics scenario, Capela could either play alongside Horford or become his replacement depending on what Horford decides on his player option. However, seeing how reluctant they were to include some of their big assets in the AD trade, the same could be the case here. For the Brooklyn side it would be tough to imagine them pulling off a deal for Capela that doesn't involve moving Jarrett Allen, as the two have too similar of games to really play them together. This is all obviously very much in the speculation stage, but it is worth keeping an eye on both of these teams in regards to the Rockets' big man as the summer's arms race heads into full swing.
Source: Steve Kyler on Twitter
June 5, 2019, 8:14 amClint CapelaC, Houston Rockets
According to Marc Stein of the New York Times, the Rockets are internally assuming that they will be without at least one of their most prominent role players next year.
Houston is shopping everyone on the roster not named James Harden. The complexities involved in moving Chris Paul, who at age 34 has three years and nearly $125 million left on his contract, have Rockets officials actively exploring the trade market for Capela, Gordon and Tucker. It’s not clear whether the Rockets view these players as potential sweeteners to get rid of CP3’s contract, or if they think it’s simply time for a change, but a busy offseason looks to be in the horizon for GM Daryl Morey.
Source: NY Times
May 29, 2019, 11:53 amClint CapelaC, Houston Rockets
Marc Stein of the New York Times is reporting that Clint Capela is among the players Houston has gauged the market for in recent days.
The truth of the matter is that Capela struggled badly against the Warriors and Draymond Green in the Western Conference Semifinals. Still, he is only 24 years old and was bothered by a mysterious illness at the beginning of the playoffs that forced him to get hospitalized. The Rockets appear to be extremely active in trade talks and no one seems to be off the table as the NBA world never stops entertaining us.
Source: Marc Stein on Twitter
May 11, 2019, 12:15 amClint CapelaC, Houston Rockets
Clint Capela quietly put up a 10-point, 10-rebound double-double with one assist in Friday's Game 6 loss to the Warriors.
Capela was not much of a factor for the Rockets in this series, which has drawn him a lot of criticism. From a fantasy standpoint, remember that he's just 24 years old and has room to improve. If anything, this bitter loss to the Warriors (again), will fuel a fire in him, motivating him to take his game to another level in 2019-20.
May 9, 2019, 1:29 amClint CapelaC, Houston Rockets
Clint Capela stayed quiet on Wednesday, posting just six point on 3-of-10 shooting with 14 rebounds and one assist in 26 minutes.
Capela's impact, or lack thereof in this series has been an eye-opener. So far, the series has been about a 3-point shootout between the stars of both teams, keeping Capela and his skill set out of the limelight. With Kevin Durant (right calf strain) possibly missing Game 6, the Rockets may want to feed Capela the ball a bit more in the post to abuse a less defensively capable Kevon Looney or Jordan Bell.
May 7, 2019, 12:32 amClint CapelaC, Houston Rockets
Clint Capela was neutralized again in Monday's Game 4, scoring six points on 3-of-4 shooting with nine rebound and two assists.
Capela looked off from the start and he's struggled to consistently bring value in this series. He's had trouble holding on to the ball on the usual James Harden alley-oop plays and has thrown some awful passes that had no chance at staying in bounds. There's an obvious lack of confidence with his play and if he can't pull it together, the Rockets are going to have to hope their ultra small-ball lineups don't run into foul trouble.
May 4, 2019, 11:24 pmClint CapelaC, Houston Rockets
Clint Capela double-doubled in 35 minutes on Saturday night, posting 13 points, 11 rebounds, a steal and a massive block on Andre Iguodala.
Iguodala came roaring down the lane and had his mind set on a jam, only for Capela to turn him back beautifully with two hands. The big man has improved in each game of the series so far but still gave way to P.J. Tucker down the stretch as the Rockets went small. Tucker had his typically excellent defensive outing and helped cool Kevin Durant down in the fourth, posting seven points, 12 rebounds and two blocks in 34 minutes of his own.
May 1, 2019, 1:27 amClint CapelaC, Houston Rockets
Clint Capela bounced back from a poor Game 1 with a 14-point, 10 rebound double-double vs. the Warriors on Tuesday night.
Capela was 5-for-7 from the field and 4-for-8 from the line, and he threw in two assists and two blocks in his 33 minutes. He fouled out late, but this was a much better showing for Capela tonight. Draymond Green is making things tough on both ends for Capela, so look for the Rockets to try some new wrinkles in Game 3.
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