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The Houston Rockets won’t trade Clint Capela for DeAndre Jordan

Photo by Andrew Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images
Photo by Andrew Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images

According to a report, the Houston Rockets have no interest in trading the up-and-coming Clint Capela to the Clippers for DeAndre Jordan.

The NBA trade deadline is just over two weeks away. At 3:00 p.m. ET on Feb 8, all trade talks must come to a halt, and every team’s roster will be just about set as they prepare for the postseason.

From now until Feb 8, there will be plenty of trade rumors swirling around, and the majority of them will be mere speculation. Last week, ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith said that DeAndre Jordan wanted to leave the Clippers and join the Rockets.

While this may be true, a deal sending DJ to Houston would require a valuable asset from the Rockets, like Clint Capela. Apparently, the Rockets aren’t a big fan of that proposal. According to ESPN’s Ian Begley, trade talks between the Clippers and Rockets went nowhere after the Clippers asked for Capela to be included in a deal for DJ.

The Rockets organization is spot on in this assessment. Clint Capela is averaging 14.5 points, 10.7 rebounds and 1.7 blocks in just 26.4 minutes per game. Meanwhile, Jordan is having another solid season, averaging 11.8 points, 14.9 rebounds and 1.0 block in 32.1 minutes per game.

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DJ is a good player, but he would hardly make the Rockets any better than Capela does. And in order to acquire the Clippers center, Houston would have to include additional role players in the deal. Also, Jordan is six years older than Capela, and his annual salary is $20 million more expensive.

At 29 years old, we’ve already seen Jordan’s potential. Sure, he could make some improvements in a few areas, but he has already peaked. But at just 23 years of age, Capela is still getting better. This season, he’s averaging career highs in points, rebounds, blocks, field goal percentage and minutes.

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Clint Capela is Houston’s center of the present and the future. The Rockets should keep him around for as long as they can.