This season has been a godsend for Houston Rockets center Clint Capela.
Not only has his running mate James Harden elevated his play to MVP-caliber this season, the Rockets also added Chris Paul in this offseason, giving Capela two facilitators who are always running pick and rolls and are always looking for the open man rolling to the hoop for a lob or a dump off in the paint.
The result? Capela’s stats have improved across the board in only his fourth season in the league, and at the young age of 23, looks set to only improve further down the track.
Capela’s DeAndre Jordan-like playstyle — setting picks, rolling hard to the rim, catching lobs, and finishing around the rim at a league-leading 65.2% — has other teams salivating at his upcoming free agency, and Clint looks set to get paid big bucks.
One team that is very interested in the center’s services are the Phoenix Suns, and according to an anonymous source who wishes to remain anonymous, the Suns are ‘enamored’ with Capela, and are looking to offer him a near-max deal, which would be a major jump from Capela’s rookie deal worth $2.3 million this year.
With Tyson Chandler being the only center on the Phoenix roster heading into next season, snagging Capela to pair with Devin Booker would be a major coup for the Suns, and the playstyle of Elfrid Payton — albeit not on the level of Harden or Paul — could pair well with Capela’s.
That being said, with the success Houston has had this season, and Rockets owner Tilman Fertita not afraid of going into the luxury tax to re-sign key pieces, Houston will be putting up a hell of a fight to keep Capela.