Clint Capela free agency update: in the end, it seems like the star center is likely to stay with the Houston Rockets.
Capela was a key cog in the Houston Rockets' run to the No. 1 seed in the Western Conference this past season. The 24-year old has developed into one of the best rim running big men in the league.
He compliments the ball-dominant duo of James Harden and Chris Paul quite well. However, the team has stopped short of making the restricted free agent a max offer.
Instead, the team has reportedly offered him a five-year, $85 million. After the crazy cap spike a few years ago, bad deals have left very few teams with the room to sign a player like Capela.
The star center reportedly rejected the Rockets' offer, but this round of Clint Capela free agency sounds like it is still coming to a close.
According to Yahoo! Sports NBA insider Jordan Schultz, Capela is expected to stay with Houston.
It is unclear if he is ready to sign the five year deal, or will take the $4.7 million qualifying offer, in order to hit free agency when the market is expected to be more player-friendly.
By doing so, he would be betting on himself, a risk a few players have made recently.
For Nerlens Noel, it went quite poorly; he turned down bigger money a few years ago and is now taking a two-year, $3.7 million deal with the Oklahoma City Thunder. Dion Waiters did it, and wound up with a four-year, $52 million deal with the Miami Heat, much more than most expected that he could get.
Last season, Capela basically posted career highs across the board. He averaged 13.9 points per game on 65.2-percent shooting, and grabbed 10.8 rebounds and racked up 1.9 blocks in just over 27 points per game.
Those numbers were pretty stable, with an increase of five minutes per game, in the post-season. The Rockets lost in Game 7 of the Western Conference Finals to the Golden State Warriors.