The Houston Rockets have reportedly agreed to a deal with big man Clint Capela. ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski reports that Houston will pay Capela, a rising young star, $90 million over five years. Capela was a major part of Houston's success this past season.
It's a big move for a franchise that lost both Trevor Ariza and Luc Mbah a Moute this offseason. The Rockets are also expected to sign free agent star Carmelo Anthony this week.
Capela, who was drafted in the first round of the 2014 NBA Draft by the Rockets, is just 24 years old. Locking him up gives the Rockets an inside presence that will be key as they look to dethrone the Golden State Warriors.
Capela, last season, averaged 13.9 points and 10.8 rebounds per contest. He was a huge contributor in the playoffs too - often presenting mismatches for other teams.
Capela reportedly wanted a $100 million deal over four years, but it looks like in the end, he was willing to meet the Rockets in the middle. Houston's initial offer was reportedly in the four-year, $60 million range.
Assuming Houston does move forward with Carmelo Anthony, the Rockets will likely have a starting five of James Harden, Chris Paul, Carmelo, Capela and P.J. Tucker.
It'll be interesting to see how they match up against the Warriors, who actually got better - adding DeMarcus Cousins.