The NBA trade deadline is fast approaching, as the cutoff is Thursday, February 8th, at 3 PM Eastern time. The Houston Rockets were originally expected to be one of the more active teams at the deadline, but the latest talk has been quite the opposite, as many believe they may be done making trades.
As the Rockets were linked to a litany of players around the league, it's worth revisting each name and assessing the likelihood of a deal taking place.
Clint Capela: Not happening
Clint Capela made headlines earlier in the season when he expressed his interest in a return to the Space City. The Hawks big man can still defend and rebound at a high-level.
In fact, Capela would be the Rockets' best rebounder at age 29 (10.6 rebounds in 25.7 minutes) and would fill a major void for the Rockets, which is their interior defense, or lack thereof. However, the Rockets' recent trade that landed Steven Adams makes it nearly impossible to land Capela, as he's under contract through 2025, meaning the Rockets would have both Adams and Capela on the roster in 2024-25.
Which won't be happening.