Through his first year as an Atlanta Hawk in 2020-21, veteran center Clint Capela proved his worth as a major contributor in the team’s Eastern Conference Finals run. Now, the former Rocket has extended his stay with his new organization.
According to reports from ESPN NBA insider Adrian Wojnarowski on Wednesday, Capela has signed a two-year, $46 million extension with the Hawks. Prior to this deal, the big man already had two seasons remaining on his contract.
Capela’s new contract will see him earn more than $82 million over the next four seasons in Atlanta through the 2024-25 season.
For Capela now: four years, $82M-plus with the Hawks.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) September 1, 2021
Through the Hawks’ regular season this past year, Capela averaged a massive double-double, dropping 15.2 points and snagging a league-leading 14.3 rebounds per game. Typically used in the pick-and-roll game with star point guard Trae Young, the 27-year-old center posted an efficient 59.4% shooting for the field — mostly on lob attempts and dunks.
His production dropped slightly in the postseason, but his presence down low still played a significant role in the Hawks’ playoff run. Averaging 10.1 points and 11.1 rebounds per game, the former first-round pick helped Atlanta to its first conference finals since 2015.
Capela was dealt to Atlanta in a four-team trade prior to this past season. Through his previous five seasons with the Rockets, the 6-foot-10 center averaged 12.2 points and 9.7 rebounds per game.