Rumor: Celtics interested in Rockets center Clint Capela

By Tevin Williams
Clint Capela #15 of the Houston Rockets (Photo by Melissa Majchrzak/NBAE via Getty Images)
Clint Capela #15 of the Houston Rockets (Photo by Melissa Majchrzak/NBAE via Getty Images) /

The Boston Celtics could potentially be interested in completing a deal with the Houston Rockets for center Clint Capela this summer.

With the season nearing an end, the collective NBA world will be turning its attention to the NBA Draft, trade rumors and the frenzy that comes with free agency on July 1. The Rockets have been mentioned in many potential trade rumors, especially since the team made its entire roster except James Harden available on the trade market.

Clint Capela’s name has been thrown around a bit, and according to Basketball Insider’s Steven Kyler, the Celtics are interested in Houston’s starting center.

To be clear, the two sides don’t have an imminent deal in the works, nor did Kyler mention which players the Celtics could include in such a trade. The Celtics are still widely rumored to be interested in trading for Anthony Davis and they will likely put everything on the table for the Pelicans’ star.

Assuming AD is Boston’s biggest priority this offseason, Capela would likely be the Celtics’ second or third trade option if they strike out on landing Davis. At the moment, the Celtics seem to be exploring all of their options, then they’ll line up their priorities and try to make something happen.

According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, Kyrie Irving is serious about joining the Nets. He’s also been connected to the Knicks and the Lakers. If Boston loses Kyrie in free agency, they could become even more aggressive in the trade market. If they miss out on Davis, trade talks with Houston for Capela could intensify. Also, the Celtics could inquire about Chris Paul in order to fill the void at point guard.

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Of course, this is all just speculation at the moment, and there will likely be many more trade rumors involving Rockets players before the offseason is over.