After re-signing Chris Paul, the Houston Rockets will shift most of their focus to re-signing restricted free agent Clint Capela in free agency.
As soon as free agency started, the NBA world became a pretty hectic place. Paul George announced in a video that he would return to the Oklahoma City Thunder next season. Shortly after, Adrian Wojnarowski tweeted that Chris Paul re-signed with the Rockets on a huge 4-year, $160 million deal.
All signs pointed towards Paul returning to Houston, but there was still a collective sigh of relief among Rockets fans when the news confirmed that he was staying. With Houston’s top priority taken care of, they’ll now focus their attention on the big man in the middle.
According to Woj, the Rockets will meet with Clint Capela and his agents in Los Angeles on Sunday.
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.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) July 1, 2018
The Rockets will match any offer that Capela receives because he is a restricted free agent. Back in May, Kelly Iko of the Rockets Wire reported that the Suns were ‘enamored’ with Capela and that they could offer him a max contract.
In the NBA Draft, Phoenix selected center DeAndre Ayton with the No. 1 overall pick. Also, Phoenix signed former Rockets forward Trevor Ariza to a 1-year, $15 million deal, which basically used up their remaining cap room.
The Mavericks are a solid fit for Capela, but DeAndre Jordan has already verbally committed to the Mavs. Dallas is out of the race for Clint Capela.
At this point, it looks very likely that Capela returns to Houston. The Rockets will likely match any offers that the 6-foot-10 center gets because he has become a core part of the team. Last season, Clint Capela averaged 13.9 points, 10.8 rebounds and 1.9 blocks per game. He made 65.3 percent of his field goal attempts, which led the NBA.
If they can bring back Capela, Houston will be in position to make another run at a championship next season.