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ESPN Has A Major Update On The Houston Rockets, Clint Capela

A general view of the Houston Rockets court.

HOUSTON, TX - NOVEMBER 14: Fans watch the action in the first half of the game between the Philadelphia 76ers and the Houston Rockets at the Toyota Center on November 14, 2014 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)

Clint Capela is arguably the biggest free agent (both literally and physically) remaining on the board this NBA offseason. The Houston Rockets star young big man is a restricted free agent.

So far, nothing has really happened with Capela. The restricted free agent market has been a brutal one this offseason - almost no teams have money to spend - making it tough on guys like Capela and Boston Celtics guard Marcus Smart to make a decision.

Capela has reportedly yet to receive a contract close to what he's looking for.

ESPN NBA reporter Tim MacMahon reported this morning that the Rockets' offer to Capela was about $40 million less than what he was looking for.


Sources told ESPN that the Rockets' initial offer to Capela was in the four-year, $60 million range, with the blossoming star center seeking a deal similar to Oklahoma City Thunder big man Steven Adams' four-year, $100 million contract. The Rockets plan to pursue forward Carmelo Anthony after his expected departure from the Thunder via being waived or bought out, league sources told ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski.

Capela might be worth $100 million, but if there isn't a non-Rockets team that's willing to pay him that, Houston isn't really incentivized to give him it.

This could be a process that takes a while to play out, with Capela waiting and seeing if another NBA team is willing to give him a big offer sheet.