Rockets: Chris Paul and Clint Capela are top offseason priority
Bringing back two of the best players on the Rockets is a huge offseason priority for Tilman Fertitta.
The season for the Houston Rockets ended last night after a loss to the Golden State Warriors in a tough Game 7. While it is sad that the season is over, and ended in disappointing fashion with the injury to a key player, it is now time to start focusing on the offseason.
The main priority, before adding players, should be to re-sign Chris Paul and Clint Capela. Both of them are free agents that will probably command quite a bit of money on the market.
Owner Tilman Fertitta said how important re-signing these two players is last night after the loss to the Warriors. He said in an interview with Lainie Fritz of KPRC 2 that CP3 is a must have and Clint Capela is someone the Rockets want back.
It shouldn’t take too much convincing to get these two players to stay. The team is coming off a season where they were one win away from the NBA Finals. They have a real shot at taking down the dynasty of the Warriors.
Chris Paul has stated multiple times that he desires to stay in Houston. His pairing with James Harden worked out beautifully this year and can only continue to improve.
With his age and injury history, CP3 may not receive a max offer. We have to wonder if he is willing to take a pay cut to keep improving this team, much like we’ve seen with Kevin Durant in Golden State.
A pay cut would be in the best interest of Chris. If he wants to win a championship, then his window is closing. Houston is his best bet for achieving that goal.
Clint Capela is a different story for the Rockets. He will, deservingly so, be paid quite a bit of money this offseason.
Capela is coming off a postseason, and regular season, where he really proved his worth. He showed the world on a national stage how good he is and how he can continue to improve his game on both ends.
His fit in Houston is perfect and it would be in his best interest to stay here. Capela has the perfect playmakers for his style of play which will help his growth. Combine that with the fact that the Rockets have his bird rights and Houston looks like the place to be for Clint.
We’ll get into the logistics more before free agency starts, I’m sure. For now, be happy that we have an owner willing to spend money out of his pocket and into the luxury tax to keep this team together.